Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Think $1000 can't make a difference?

aka The Pollination Project

Berkeley, CA

Mission

The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We make $1000 seed grants to individual change-makers every day of the year.

Ruling Year

2012

Board Chair

Mr. Ariel Nessel

Main Address

1569 Solano Ave., #643

Berkeley, CA 94707 USA

Keywords

Philanthropy, small grants, microgrants

EIN

46-0675457

 Number

4549419415

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Many small groups of people are doing their best to improve the world. We aim to support them with guidance and small grants.

Our programs

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Seed Grants

Philanthropic Education

Grantee Capacity Building

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Total number of grants awarded

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Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

1) To provide impactful, meaningful seed funding and moral support to a minimum of 365 start up social change projects each year.
2) To support grantees in taking their work to its next level of impact.
3) To transform the conversation around giving, generosity and philanthropy from one where power is centralized among those with the money; to one of innovation, shared power, respect for all applicants, and authentic partnerships among grantees and funders.

1) An open, encouraging and friendly application process that welcomes and respects first time grant seekers.
2) A diverse grantee-driven grantmaking decision process where grantees and other true issue area experts make the decisions around who gets funded. (Not executives who are out of touch with what is happening on the ground)
3) Taking risks and funding people early, before anyone else has!
4) Sharing our story widely and openly with other philanthropic institutions and groups.
5) Providing cross pollination opportunities among and between grantees and funders.

We have an exceptional international network of organizational partners, grantees, ambassadors and advisors who identify much needed but overlooked projects that aren't on the radar of institutionalized philanthropy.

We are experts in "pushing power to the edges" of our network, meaning we find ways to share power among and between people, including our grantees, not just a small group of board members who make the decisions that matter most.

We are experts in funding individuals.

1) We collect 2 reports from every grantee- a progress report and a final report. We evaluate grantees numerically based on these reports as well as assess how they have performed with their grant relative to our organizational goals. We are able to identify "Superstar" grantees- people who have accomplished far beyond what their initial grant would indicate.
2) We collect anecdotal stories from grantees.
3) We track applications received from various referral sources, and which sources tend to receive funding the most readily.
4) We offer second tier grants to exceptional projects.

As of summer, 2015 we will have made 1000 seed grants and distributed nearly $100K in second tier funding (grants of up to $5K each) to exceptional projects.

We have hosted in 10 in person conversations among donors and other givers as a means of increasing generosity in the world. We produced and hosted a virtual challenge around increasing "true wealth" in the world (nonmonetary forms of wealth).

We have identified nearly 50 high level, superstar grantees who have won international awards and received international media attention.

We have handled over 4,000 grant applications in a personal, considerate and encouraging manner, regardless of whether we funded a project.

External Reviews

Financials

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We work to be an anti-racist organization in all aspects of our work.