The Pollination Project in the News
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 [...]
Buddhist Grandmother to hike 1,200 mile Keystone Pipeline Route. Shodo Spring is a 65-year-old grandmother of four and a Zen Buddhist priest. In a few weeks, she will begin a 1200-mile walk following the route of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline from Fort Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska — a journey she expects will take her at [...]
"Never think that any effort you make is too small or doesn’t matter. If you have a passion behind what you’re doing, just go for it. There will be much hard work involved, but the more you believe in making a change, the work won’t feel so hard and you’ll be empowered to push further." Read more about [...]
"Pollination philanthropy focuses on seeding nascent social change projects and passionate and creative leadership. By dividing a large chunk of money into targeted micro-grants, more good work gets funded, and thus has a chance to grow and ultimately blossom in the world." "Pollination Philanthropy: More is More" in Philanthropy Journal's "Inside Philanthropy" Blog.
Kind Crusader: 13 Year Old Eco Designer A lot of people ask me, why eco-friendly? Why is you're business eco-friendly? My parents taught me at an early age about recycling, organic gardening, being environmentally aware, and being a good steward by respecting the planet and taking care of its animals. Read more about Maya Shea Penn and Maya's [...]
Litterati: Fighting Litter with... Instagram Does coming across cigarette butts and discarded food packaging on the ground make you batty? Litterati – a new movement on Instagram – aims to highlight litter and clean up the planet, one errant piece of trash at a time. Read more about Jeff Kirschner & Litterati.
Alissa Hauser was a guest on LA Talk Radio's Broad Topics show with Laura Nickerson. Click on the June 18, 2013 show to hear the interview.
Permacuturalists and a Buddhist Monk are Walking the Keystone XL Pipeline From July 10th to mid-October, Compassionate Earth Walk plans to traverse more than 1,300+ miles from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. We're starting in Canada because in the heart of the once untouched boreal forest, is the most expansive industrial extraction project known to humanity. Read more about [...]
A Hashtag that Isn't Disposable Garbage The idea is to photograph a piece of litter, post your image to Instagram with the hashtag #litterati — and then, of course, dispose of that garbage properly. This strikes me as a cunning subversion of certain Instagrammers’ notorious penchant for documenting the mundane: If it’s a good idea to share an [...]