PLATINUM2024

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Empowering Visionary Changemakers with Seed Funding for Global Transformation.

aka The Pollination Project   |   Brevard, NC   |  https://thepollinationproject.org/
GuideStar Charity Check

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

EIN: 46-0675457


Mission

The Pollination Project believes in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We make seed grants of up to $10,000 to individual change-makers every day of the year.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Alexis Fox

Main address

102 College Station Dr. Ste 3, PMB274

Brevard, NC 28712 USA

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EIN

46-0675457

Subject area info

Foundations

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

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NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Seed Grants

We make seed grants of up to $10,000 to individual changemakers all over the world, helping them launch and expand grassroots social change projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls
LGBTQ people
Farmers

We provide educational events, writing and presentations on the topic of innovations in philanthropy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide an assortment of tools, resources, coaching, training, p/r and more to support our grantees in growing their leadership and building their project, far beyond what our seed granting provides.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

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Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, People with disabilities, Women and girls

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Seed Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of countries where we have given grants.

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Seed Grants

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Seed Grants

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

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Seed Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Applications Received

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, People with disabilities, Women and girls, Heterosexuals, LGBTQ people

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Seed Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 individuals.
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.

As of 2024, we have made 5500+ seed grants of up to $10,000 and distributed additional second tier funding (grants of up to $5K each) to exceptional projects. These projects span 122 countries internationally.

We have developed a Grant Advisor program of 80+ dedicated individuals (many of who are grantees) to make decisions on funding.

We have began developing hubs in specific countries and are employing country coordinators to help with the facilitation of funding projects and to increase communication and tracking capabilities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

35.35

Average of 15.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9

Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $514,162 -$809,835 -$225,840 -$689,063 -$412,112
As % of expenses 27.3% -39.3% -14.9% -28.0% -26.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $514,162 -$809,835 -$225,840 -$689,063 -$412,112
As % of expenses 27.3% -39.3% -14.9% -28.0% -26.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,934,070 $1,576,518 $1,197,582 $1,914,014 $1,207,158
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.1% -18.5% -24.0% 59.8% -36.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.6% 2.9% 1.2% 0.5% 2.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 8.0% 5.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 23.9% 97.1% 90.6% 93.1% 96.5%
Other revenue 75.6% 0.0% 0.1% 0.9% 1.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,886,113 $2,058,721 $1,519,227 $2,457,551 $1,547,517
Total expenses, % change over prior year 20.3% 9.2% -26.2% 61.8% -37.0%
Personnel 27.6% 30.5% 34.7% 16.9% 22.2%
Professional fees 17.6% 15.1% 20.8% 15.3% 24.5%
Occupancy 1.5% 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 47.5% 46.2% 40.9% 65.4% 48.9%
All other expenses 5.8% 6.4% 3.5% 2.3% 4.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,886,113 $2,058,721 $1,519,227 $2,457,551 $1,547,517
One month of savings $157,176 $171,560 $126,602 $204,796 $128,960
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,043,289 $2,230,281 $1,645,829 $2,662,347 $1,676,477

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.1 1.0 18.2 8.6 9.0
Months of cash and investments 19.1 10.6 18.2 8.6 9.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 19.2 12.9 15.7 6.3 6.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $172,990 $166,471 $2,308,505 $1,764,504 $1,159,127
Investments $2,826,079 $1,659,563 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $171,029 $935,425 $135,970 $4 $248,549
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.3% 5.8% 6.5% 3.0% 2.3%
Unrestricted net assets $3,018,063 $2,208,228 $1,982,388 $1,293,325 $881,213
Temporarily restricted net assets $82,820 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $82,820 $399,303 $320,736 $427,281 $503,474
Total net assets $3,100,883 $2,607,531 $2,303,124 $1,720,606 $1,384,687

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Alexis Fox

Alexis Fox has dedicated her life to supporting humanitys ability to save lives and protect our planet. With over 20 years experience under her belt, she has worked for a better world as an attorney, political leader and entrepreneur. Fox has been featured in Forbes, the Boston Globe, and other national media. She is recognized as an international expert and speaker on the future of our food system. Fox was an adjunct Professor of Leadership at Emerson College and founded the Massachusetts Healthy School Lunch Coalition. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercy for Animals and Balanced. When she is not working, she is spending time with her family, doing yoga, meditation, reading, hanging on the beach (even in the winter!) and trying to get a badminton league going in her neighborhood of Winchester, MA.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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THE POLLINATION PROJECT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 05/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ariel Nessel

Stephanie Klempner

Birju Pandya

Ariel Nessel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/21/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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