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I want to give money away: Now taking pitches for the 2021 award of the Taz Grout 222 Foundation

“If you have love in your heart, then your very life will bring about a transformation of society.”—Krishnamurti

It’s that time of year, my friends, when I take pitches for the 222 Foundation I started to honor my magical daughter, Tasman McKay Grout, who died in 2018 from a cerebral aneurysm.

As I’ve written before, Taz landed here on planet earth with indiscriminate and generous love.  She was beautiful, brilliant, had wild light running through every cell.

To honor her vision, the 222 Foundation is committed to changing the dream of the modern world from consumption and acquisition to the more meaningful pursuit of creativity and self-expression. We believe happiness comes from human solidarity, simple living, respect for nature and the empowerment of all people.

Here are the guidelines for the yearly award:

Each year on February 22 (2/22), Taz Grout’s 222 Foundation will award a $10,222 grant to an innovative project or person with a big idea to change consciousness and therefore the world.

We look for projects that support the following ideas:

1. All people long to be generous and create beautiful things.

2. The story of scarcity, lack and the need to fight for resources was made up and is no longer valid. We aim to prove that, once liberated from outdated paradigms, the world is generative and endlessly abundant.

3. We believe all humans are interconnected and that even tiny actions have great significance.

The more creative the project, the more likely it is to be chosen.  In the past, we’ve funded a coffee shop in India run by survivors of acid attacks, a forest of 2222 trees (hey, every tree helps), a school in Nepal and a random acts of money project in the Pacific Northwest. The 222 Foundation also gave away grants of $222 to the favorite charity of the first 22 folks willing to post a Stay-at-Home dance during the beginning of the pandemic. I particularly loved that project because it involved all my favorite things: dancing, creativity, making a difference and spreading joy.

In the 5-week Laddership Pod I just finished with ServiceSpace, I met dozens of folks from all over the world who are doing beautiful things. I learned about an NGO that builds schools out of discarded plastic water bottles and another that figured out how to purify water using plastic bottles and the sun. These projects appeal to me because they incorporate the Course in Miracles maxim about “the holiest places on earth being where an ancient hatred becomes a present love.” And while my dislike of plastic water bottles isn’t exactly ancient (although I get closer to that description every day), it certainly represents a letting go of judgment, a transformation of, at least, my consciousness.  

Above all, the 222 Foundation is committed to generating new possibilities.  

Next year’s grant will be awarded in less than four months on February 22 (2/22).

If you or anyone you know has an idea to help bring about a change in consciousness, please consider applying for the 2021 grant. It’s easy to apply. Just send a description of your big idea to taz.grout.222.foundation@gmail.com.

I hope you, my friends here on the blog, will help spread the word.

Also for your listening pleasure, I’m posting my new favorite song by the indie band Cloud Cult whose music is informed by Kaidin Minowa, whose two short years on the planet has transformed countless lives.

And as always, go out there and have the VERY BEST weekend of your life. #222 Forever

Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World).

16 Responses

  1. The 222 foundation is a great way to celebrate Taz and it keeps you two working together in a very efficient way to be creative and inspiring to all. Keep doing what you’re doing Pam, it’s awesome!
    How do you donate? xox

  2. I’d like to nominate 4Oceans. Their mission is to end the ocean plastic crisis. They remove 1lb of trash for every item sold. The main items are beaded bracelets made from the plastic and glass they remove from the oceans. Their website explains everything they do with regards to education, recycling etc. The bracelets represent various sea creatures so they’re all a bit different.
    Thanks for all you do Pam!

  3. That’s a gorgeous photo of Taz. I can see her beautiful spirit shining through- and I can also see her beautiful mum in her too. ☺️☀️💛
    Thankyou for all that you do in our world to help bring out the joy, creativity, passion and love that is within us all, and that has the power to change our perceptions and our lives in unbelievable ways. I love what the 222 foundation does, I love the song you shared, and I love you too Pam! Blessings galore and may you have a marvellous weekend yourself. 🦋🎼⭐️🎶💙

  4. You are an amazing and beautiful earth angel Pam and your beautiful daughter is the perfect reflection of you and your values and love. Thank God for sharing you both with this world…we are truly blessed.
    Sending so much love to you both always💗💗🙏🙏

  5. Hi Pam- I thank you for your perseverance to spread the 222 word in your daughter’s memory. I can’t imagine what it would be to live without my 30 year old daughter and my 25 year old son- oh, I remember- You don’t live without your daughter. Your post from yesterday came out on my birthday, October 23rd. The poem, ‘Cause you were born’ is giving me strength because the asshat has been giving me a hard time lately. So I choose to chase the light in spite of my so called perceived ‘struggles’. I am grateful that you were born to chase the light to guide others to joy. Thank you.

  6. What a bright beautiful magical light Taz was as is seen in her picture above!!!
    What a great way way to honor Taz and keep her spirit every present in our minds and hearts, especaiily yours. I have many friends donating to so many important causes right now Pam and happy to reach out and send this out to them. I’m not sure it would resonate with you but I’d be put them in touch if so. I could also possibly reblogg this on my site, if that would be helpful to you? All the blessings in the world to you and love all around. Have the best weekend as well. ❤️ Cindy

  7. Dear Pam,
    It’s me again. I just sent you the previous message and I was listening to the music video in this post when I checked my phone and saw a message from my friend Paul with a picture of Tony and Eri. Tony is our friend and Eri is a cute hedgehog (stuffed animal). His name is Eri because in Spanish hedgehog is Erizo, so my friend Paul named as Eri. Eri has been with Paul for years. They all live in Barcelona. He has more stuffed animals in his guest room but today my friend Paul had the idea of placing Eric in the living room, sitting close to Tony in the sofa, and taking a picture and send it to me. That’s it. And all this, while I was sending you the last comment and pic. I love you and I love Taz and she certainly loves us. I love how she uses me to send you these lovely winks. As I told you before, I knew that Eri was there in the pic for you and I had to tell you this. Lots of love.

  8. Pam, I am blown away by your love of humanity and wanting to make the world a better place! I wish I could have met Taz. She speaks volumes in all her photos and I know her footprint on this earth is huge! I am applying for the grant for this year and am so inspired to keep moving forward in my mission! So much love to you and to Taz in heaven!

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