Pollination Project Foundation

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

EIN: 46-0675457

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Top descriptors for this funder

10Friendly9Builds relationships8Culturally sensitive8Gives more than money8Openminded7"Gets" nonprofits and issues7Responsive7Risk taker6Positive leader in the field5Insightful2Likes site visits1Bureaucratic

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Pollination Project Foundation

Jun 15, 2023

Reviewer 1472 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2023

It is probably the best. the questions are well explained. according to your understanding. the steps to follow are outlined and translation is active , you can translate to your language for easier understanding


Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 27, 2021

Grant Applicant - applied in 2021

I would not recommend applying to this funder. They make you do way too much for a small grant, and then won't fund you again after the $1000 they give you. They also won't allow you to get paid for your work so they expect people to have the financial means to volunteer all the time. And they seem to constantly be churning through staff.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Oct 12, 2021

Grant Applicant - applied in 2021


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Apr 22, 2021 1

Reviewer 9943 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

If you don't need the $1000, the process they put you through for the money is completely not worth it. Spend the time on creating a crowdfunding campaign and getting donors who will stick with you. This funder is also only a one time grant so it is exhausting to create relationships with them only to get $1000 one time.



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Feb 12, 2021 1

Professional in the field

The amount of hoops they make you jump through for a $1000 grant is pretty ridiculous. They don't give you more than one grant, so it is literally all that work and relationship building for $1000 max. So spend your time and energy on a foundation or on donors who will partner with you over the long term.


Gives more than money

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Jun 06, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Read their requirements first to see if you are a good fit.

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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/=,


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

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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.


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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!!

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