Pollination Project Foundation

Location: 1569 Solano Avenue, #643, Berkeley, 94707 CA

EIN: 46-0675457

Write a Review

90%

10%

What was the overall relationship with the funder?

How many hours did the grant application process take?

8 hours

Median

86%

14%

How would you rate this funder's accessibility?

91%

9%

How successfully do you think the funder is accomplishing its current philanthropic goals?

Important Information

2017 Deadlines:

Types of Grants Awarded:

Geographic Focus:

Interests/Priorities

Key Personnel

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year

Total Assets:

Total Grants:

Change in Assets FY :

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits:

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in

Largest Grant:

Smallest Grant:

Average Grant:

Top descriptors for this funder

8Builds relationships8Friendly7"Gets" nonprofits and issues7Culturally sensitive7Gives more than money7Openminded7Risk taker6Positive leader in the field6Responsive5Insightful2Likes site visits1Risk averse

Advice from a Friend

Pollination Project Foundation

Apr 05, 2018

Reviewer 3716 - Professional in the field

This is a very transparent funder looking to fund seed stage projects. They have a very warm, but often very overworked, staff and their staff has limited impact on what gets selected. After the initial review process by the staff, portfolios of grants are sent to external reviewers with experience in the field to rank.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded

More Feedback

Dec 18, 2017

Reviewer 574 - Professional in the field

This is one of the most open application processes in the foundation world, and The Pollination Project is a funder who looks at early stage projects that no one else in this field would even consider.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

More Feedback

Dec 07, 2017

Reviewer 964 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Pollination Project is an amazing organization and I have nothing but good to say about them/=,

Pros

Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Dec 07, 2017

Wow, thank you so much for this review. We are really fortunate to be surrounded with such awesome cheerleaders and so happy we had a chance to support your work! Thanks for being part of the TPP Global Family!

Dec 06, 2017

Reviewer 3051 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

It will be best to study their website and then you start your application process.

Cons

Risk averse

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Dec 06, 2017

Hi There, thank you so much for your review. We are wishing we could get more information about why we are not accomplishing our philanthropic goals in your view. And also your assessment that we are risk averse. We definitely want to learn more about these comments since it allows us to grow and do a better job for you, and for all of our grantees and applicants! Feel free to email us at the grantee email address you were given so we can hear more about these comments which will truly benefit our entire global family if we are able to get more information from you! Thank you!!

Oct 05, 2017

Reviewer 651 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Fantastic organization, definitely apply if you have a strong seed idea.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Dec 06, 2017

Thank you so much for the review and it is really helpful to us to know that more intros to other foundations would be useful to you. We are working on this and do sometimes have good follow up funders for certain grantees- but the more we have, the more it supports our network.

Aug 28, 2017 2

Reviewer 256 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The Pollination Project is one of the few funders which will help new nonprofits get started. The grant is only $1,000 but it's a base. They are interested in broad range of issues, but enthusiastically fund environmental projects. There is a requirement that you use renewable sources, organic foods, etc. if that is included in your proposal. We needed to source a caterer that provided organic food and recyclable serving utensils. If you have questions, they are responsive and will help you meet your deliverables.

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Dec 06, 2017

Thanks for the feedback and glad to know the Huffington Post article is a good benefit! We work hard on that piece so it is always nice to hear it is useful.

Aug 24, 2017 1

Reviewer 767 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Really look around the non profit world and see if you can find any alternatives for funding. Are the startup costs for a 501 worth it?i.e. Incorporation, attorney, accountant are just the start. The Pollination Project is really the easiest and best in helping start ups.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Dec 06, 2017

Wow, you are very kind. We take pride in supporting start up efforts and so glad that we were able to help you!

Aug 23, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Make sure you are applying for something tangible - donors like to see measurable impact.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Aug 23, 2017

Great feedback- thank you so much. One thing we are really struggling with is the balance between just believing in people and their dreams- and measurable impact. Thanks for identifying that tension since we believe not everything needs to be measured; but as a funder, it is hard to translate that belief in practice. Thanks for being part of the Pollination Project's grantee community!

Aug 23, 2017

Reviewer 326 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The Pollination Project is a compassionate organization that supports grantees to flourish and sustain their projects. They believe that both people and compassionate projects can drive change. They support their grantee network with trainings, collaborative networking, and opportunities to receive funding through impact grants. They listen and support grantees through their work by taking time to follow up on reports, connecting through social media and e-mails, and even phone calls. The Pollination Project funding model and support is one of a kind! Every foundation should consider moving towards this type of funding model. The projects that they fund are successful because of the support, which leads to grantees impacting local and global issues. The support, training and networking opportunities that The Pollination Project helps grantees meet their grant goals and beyond.

Pros

Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Aug 23, 2017

What a great review and thank you for all these kind words. We are absolutely honored to work with you, and to learn from you too. Thank you for all you do to make the world better.

Aug 21, 2017

Reviewer 200 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The grant application is so clear-cut and easy to submit. It is all online, but I would recommend having a powerful, definitive mission statement and project outline ready before you begin. If you are serious about social change and have a promising way to actuate the proposed project, you have a great chance of receiving funding.

Pros

Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

More Feedback

Response from Pollination Project Foundation

Aug 21, 2017

Thank you for your awesome feedback and for your work in the world. We are so honored to be one of your investors and proud to have you in our global community. Thanks also for letting us know how long the process took- we strive to get it down far below 5-10 hrs so it is good for us to have this info so we can look at this and try to do it better.

Would you like to share your experiences about this funder?

funder logo

Pollination Project Foundation