A 13-year-old collects items for animal shelters. An 88-year-old offers up land to community agriculture. A young man trains prisoners in nonviolence. For Ari Nessel, each story is just another day along his journey in giving. After making a fortune in Dallas real estate, Ari wanted to give back. Yet he noticed that modern-day philanthropy tends to hold a disconnect between the funders and those who are doing the work. So he decided to seed projects rather than fund them, and has embarked on an experiment to give away $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of his life. "My experience is that transformation happens on the fringes and in the micro areas and the individuals," he explains. "It doesn't happen on a large scale, it happens through all these people coming together in communities." Learn how the seeds of The Pollination Project continue to blossom.

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  • Vicky Vaughan

    Thank you, Ari Nessel! I keep telling people that there is hope in our future, but getting back much negativity. The Texas Panhandle is very traditionally oriented. I am planting my small seed here in Lubbock, TX with Sisters of Unity. I hope to gather women who believe in shifting the focus from the empty glass of the past to a full glass of hope for the future, by investing energy in uplifting the hopes and dreams of our young people. You, Ari, are our young people. Thank you for proving me right! Love

  • Kat

    What a lovely story. Thank you!

  • Patricia Amazon

    Ari Nessel philanthropy model is inspiring. I wish more wealthy people will plant small seeds of financial assistance because it works.

  • Adele Gauer

    I will daily look for opportunities to share my presence and my love, time and treasure and faith

  • Mihaela

    Thank you for reminding me that small things still count. It filled my heart today. :)

  • jo

    What a Beautiful man and a Beautiful project. Small Changes everywhere-make Big Changes for the world. Thank you so much for this inspiring story.

  • deborah

    I am curious as to how the fortune was made? After Inside Job and learning how the money systems are rigged to pretend to be other than they are - well , is this guilt giving as in Carnegie etc?

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    THIS is how we create impact. One person, one project, one Seed at a time. Kudos to you Ari Nessel for using your financial gain to plant so many seeds! As someone who sold her small home & most possessions to create/facilitate a volunteer literacy project & now travels throughout the world serving others to share their stories to change the pity/poverty view to truly seeing potential & possibility and LISTEN to locals, I deeply resonate with planting seeds. HUGS from my heart to yours!

  • gretchen

    This is one of the greatest stories I've ever seen. Bless him.

  • Gary

    Impact on a global scale, one project at a time.

  • George

    That life is truly made up of little things.

  • Carolyn

    What a great story. I would be fascinated to read and learn about the projects funded. The stories should be shared for the purpose of both inspiration and replication. These are exactly the kinds of activities our news media should be covering but isn't. Thank you, Ari and thank you KarmaTube.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Small actions, HUGE impact. Thank you for sharing and thank you Ari for your kindness and generosity. Seeds sown spread for miles. Hugs from my heart to yours!

  • meetakshi

    generosity, yes!!! thank you for sharing... i've often wondered this myself... people question how lil things i'd do cud make sense (coz apparently the world is too damm screwed up!!!) i know this video is what i'm sending these ask-ers to.... a beautiful way to ad beauty, enthusiasm and satisfaction to ones life :) <3

  • Ak47

    Generosity can buy happiness!! Such a nice statement. I too was moved seeing the disabled person go out and help others. Fantastic.

  • Eliane Kunnen

    The strenght of small project within the community ... from passion and human values to natural growing change. awesome!

  • Sophie

    Seeing people who are disabled doing work to help others is truly inspiring.

  • Tammy

    So awesome!!!

  • Susan Marie

    Grassroots efforts are changing our world! One compassionate act at a time . . .

  • Assis Silva

    Really amazing...

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  • Read more stories of grantees that have been seeded and encouraged by the generosity of the Pollination Project. Perhaps you might be inspired to submit your own idea!
  • Giving can take many forms, including anonymous acts of kindness.  Read these beautiful stories to learn how creative you can be in your giving!
  • There is no correlation between the amount one gives and the transformation one feels when giving.  Experiment with a daily giving practice, whether it is in the form of currency, smiles, or a listening ear, and observe the inner transformation.

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