iOS app Android app

Seed Funding

Youth Environmentalism Around the World: A Partnership Between The Pollination Project and Levi Strauss & Co.

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.15.2016 | Green
Ari Nessel

As a young woman growing up in Kenya, Beth Koigi became extremely sick from drinking dirty water. One of five children, Beth's access to clean water w...

Kids Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.05.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

January 1, 2016 marks the three year anniversary of the day I began making a micro grant, every single day of the year, to social changemakers around ...

Funding Grassroots Social Change in East Africa

Ari Nessel | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In the past year, The Pollination Project launched a grant-making hub in Uganda and Kenya. Our team identified promising social change efforts worthy of start-up investments. Here are the seeds of change that they planted in East Africa in the past few weeks!

Young & Entrepreneurial: The 25-Year-Old Venture Capitalist Empowering Student Entrepreneurs in Boston

David Ongchoco | Posted 10.30.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. S...

Uplifting: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project was proud to support grassroots efforts around the world that uplift and support people and communities. Two projects this week provide innovative tools to individuals with autism and their families.

Grantmaking Through the Eyes of a Human Rights Activist in Uganda

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In Summer, 2015, one of The Pollination Project's East Africa Team Members, Fraide "Fremma" Emmanuel, visited over 20 of our grantee projects across U...

By the Community, For the Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Communities typically have the keys to their own liberation and ability to thrive. This week The Pollination Project celebrates projects that are by ...

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project honors projects that dive deep into the heart of a problem and provide the inner and outer tools to address it. Our...

Pathways Out of Poverty: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project funded several projects that are seeding local solutions to generational poverty in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon and In...

The Soul of a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we funded stories and soul around the world from Kandace Vallejo's Youth Rise Texas project that works with children of incarcerated parents, to Tracie Pouliot's Chair City Oral History project that tells the stories of a working class community in Massachusetts.

Looking Forward to the Real Silicon Valley

Sramana Mitra | Posted 06.26.2016 | Business
Sramana Mitra

Typically, in Silicon Valley, when bubbles burst, the gold diggers go away. The REAL entrepreneurs continue to work. Silicon Valley's sustainability rests on the wings of those REAL entrepreneurs.

Believing in People: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This Week in Daily Giving is all about believing in people. As my organization, The Pollination Project gets ready to make our 1000th grant, I am p...

Sankalp Q&A: Unitus Seeks to Launch Seed Funds Around the World

David Bank | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
David Bank

Most of the thousands of investors and entrepreneurs descending on New Delhi this week for the Sankalp Global Summit are looking to beat out their competitors. Dave Richards and Will Poole, managing directors of Unitus Seed Fund, are looking to create more competition for themselves, by seeding additional funds like their own.

Education & Equality: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we began, 50 more individuals and families have joined in.

Be a Somebody

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The environmental issues that we face as a global community are seemingly insurmountable, and the statistics about the impact and pace of climate change are alarming. However, people like Amira, Truth, Ronnie and Tyshane are somebodies who are doing something.

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Global Innovation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our daily givers are honored to support this week.

SEC Holding Crowdfunding Hostage

Larry MacDonald | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Larry MacDonald

The SEC is blocking small business' access to funding and delaying job creation. Congress passed Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, commonly known as the JOBS Act, in 2012 and ordered the SEC to write rules for its implementation by January 2013. The SEC is more than two years late and businesses are suffering as a result.

A Chain of Connection: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day for the past two years, The Pollination Project has made seed grants to an up and coming social change leaders around the world. We are happy to share the extraordinary people and projects that we are honored to support this week.

A Community of Problem Solvers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

The Tools for Change: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Empowering Youth around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In our practice of daily giving this week, our team funded several projects that are focused on empowering school aged children across the globe. The...