The Pollination Project in the News
Grantee, Maya Penn, was recently featured at Ted Youth in New Orleans. Maya Penn is an entrepreneur who makes eco-friendly fashion, and who had the chops to build and maintain her retail website. Did we mention that she is also 13 years old? Here at TEDYouth, Penn shares why she decided to open a shop in the first place [...]
Grantee, Shodo Spring and the Compassionate Earth Walk were the subject of a powerful interview at Between the Lines Radio. From July to early October, Shodo Spring, a 64-year-old Zen Buddhist priest, who is a mother of two and grandmother of four, led a walk from the tar sands oil extraction region of Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, [...]
The Mission Local News Blog posted this story about our grantee, Tree, and the Free Farm. The Mission Local News Blog posted this story about our grantee, Tree, and the Free Farm. A three-year-old community farm in the Western Addition that distributes free food in the Mission and elsewhere is being forced to dig up its roots to [...]
Meet a former tech entrepreneur who, thanks to a parental epiphany, has become obsessed with trash. And he's convinced that deep down many of us share his abhorrence of litter and want to do something about it. That's the driving force behind Kirschner's Litterati.org, a site that aims to leverage social networking as a means to help clean [...]
The 21-Day Kindness Challenge launched on September 11th. 98 countries. 6000 people. And a collective tidal wave of good that inspired many — including young rapper-activist “Nimo” Patel at the Gandhi Ashram in India. Nimo wasted no time channeling that inspiration into an infectious music video.
Borgen Magazine posted an article about our approach to making micro grants. Also profiled in the article is grantee, Ayla Schlosser. "We’ve heard of the big dogs in global philanthropy, those monster pocketbooks that shell out millions and billions of dollars to worthy causes around the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Warren Buffet [...]
Grantee, DeJuana Golden was recently profiled in the Long Beach Press Telegram for her project, Special Shades of Color. Excerpt: "When DeJuana Golden had her first child, CJ, she was excited and nervous; like most mothers, she was looking forward to holding her new baby. Shortly after CJ was born, however, Golden was shocked when the doctors said her [...]
Grantee Robert Scappini, a social studies teacher in Central Falls, RI, used Pollination Project funds for this!
Grantee Sebouh Bazikian was featured in the LA Times for his work with Bikes for Orphans. Bicycle donation program gets orphans in Kenya up and riding "We don't have to wait for adults to make a difference." - Sebouh Bazikian
Permission To Dream: Taking the First Steps Towards Social Change - Alissa Hauser, Executive Director, The Pollination Project
Pollination Project Grantee, Sebouh Bazikian just returned from his trip to Kenya where he raised funds for and purchased bikes for children in a Kenyan orphanage. Read his local news coverage here. "Bikes 4 Orphans is a nonprofit organization founded by Bazikian in the summer of 2012 after he learned of the difficulty many children in Kenya face [...]
Thank you Soul Secret Service for this plug about our work! Thank you everybody at The Pollination Project for being so good and helping spread Compassion and just plain ol good vibes throughout the world. You Rock!
Imagine driving down a busy street in a bad mood and seeing a lighthearted happy flash mob holding signs that say, "It's going to be okay." The Happiness Sprinkling Project, one of our most recent grantees, has taken place pop-up style in 20 cities all over the US. What's not to like, right? Well, this editor at the online [...]
Read more about: Common Ground Relief will restore historic home for exonerated man. Calvin Duncan smiles as he shows me his 120-year-old house in Bywater. "This is my mansion," he says, with a sweep of his hand. When we go inside, I look up to see holes in the roof, and down to see holes in the floor. [...]
This Spring, we funded Shodo Spring, a Zen monk, and a team of people walking from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska (the route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline/Great Plains section). The Compassionate Earth Walk is in its 16th day and Shodo is keeping an almost-daily blog about life on the road. We offer a [...]
Nervous about putting yourself in a vulnerable position and applying for a grant? What if we don't fund it? Will you have the courage to try again? Will you persist with your change making idea no matter what? We sure hope so! Here's a little inspiration about a surfer who had the ultimate reason not to put herself [...]
Planting A Seed for the Future: TWO WIN GRANT TO START A COMMUNITY-MANAGED SEED BANK Farmington garden club members and gardening enthusiasts are being invited to join in on a modern-day Victory Garden movement in the Parkland that is being organized by three Farmington residents. The project began after Farmington Press Managing Editor Renee Jean and past [...]
Grantees Sarah Petschonek and Trish Kalabas-Schmidt of Volunteer Odyssey, recently profiled in the Memphis Business Journal: College grads may find opportunities through volunteering Local college graduates who are having trouble finding a job may have another option with Volunteer Odyssey. The non-profit organization, which works with 15 different local non-profits including Memphis Botanic Garden, Porter-Leath, MIFA and Church Health [...]
Grantee Maya Penn was interviewed about her eco-fashion line for E Luxe Magazine. Read the interview here.
Grantee Thomas Ponce was recently recognized for winning the Young Animal Activist Award at the 2013 Animal Rights National Conference. Read more in Veg News.
Grantee Maya Penn was asked to blog for V Girls, a girl-focused network within the One Billion Rising movement. Read her first post here!
Zen Buddhist Priest to Walk Path of Keystone Pipeline For Shodo Spring, the reality of climate change got personal eight years ago when she visited her laughing newborn grandson. “I thought, ‘We can’t do this … He’s expecting a good life and so we have to change this,’” Spring said. Since then, Spring, of Northfield, has become an environmental activist [...]
Jeff Kirschner and Litterati featured on Fox 2 (KTVU) in San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose. Read more about Jeff Kirschner and Litterati.
Jada Drew Receives Pollination Project Grant Jada Drew ’07 has received a $1,000 grant to support So Fresh & So Green, an initiative she started to promote green living in her hometown, Rich Square, N.C. Read more about Jada's Project, So Fresh So Green.
New Litter Campaign Creates a Real Purpose for the Overused Hashtag An Oakland-based entrepreneur is using the hashtag #litterati on Instagram to inspire people to pick up after themselves -- and others. Jeff Kirschner, the brains behind the new hashtag campaign, dreamed up the project after his daughter became disgusted by a discarded kitty litter box they passed while [...]