Cultivate, Transform, Give!

Become a SEEDS Sponsor Today! 


On behalf of the SEEDS community, you are invited to increase connection and belonging by becoming an official sponsor of the SEEDS Cultivating Common Ground (CCG) Fund. Your donation to this scholarship fund makes SEEDS accessible to diverse individuals and communities that otherwise would not have access to such greatly needed services.


You, in partnership with SEEDS, are at the forefront of meeting two basic human needs: connection and belonging. In the words of john powell, “The Circle of Human Concern should include everyone, including those with whom we disagree. We are all a part of each other. We don't always like it, but we're connected.” john powell’s work with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Just Society teaches us about bridging and breaking. When so many elements of today’s society support breaking, SEEDS supports bridging. We not only support it, we offer spaces to belong and teach others to create bridging in their day to day lives through our cohort-based trainings.


We rely on our connection to you and on your belonging to our community – a community committed to social change, hearing others’ stories, transforming relationships, and growing our circle of human concern. 


Last year we awarded $32,500 in training scholarships and training subsidies. We reached 376 individuals and those working with historically marginalized communities, including people in poverty, communities of color, undocumented people, queer and trans communities, and more. To support these diverse communities and ensure our trainings reflect the identities of the populations for whom we serve, SEEDS also dedicated funds to recruit and retain trainers from the communities we are working to support.


Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 to continue to meet this need. You are a past supporter of SEEDS’ Cultivating Common Ground (CCG) event. This year, for the second year in a row, we’ve decided to forgo an expensive event and instead invite our loyal sponsors to support our work directly. When you sponsor the CCG Scholarship Fund, 100% of your donation goes towards underwriting SEEDS’ training program and making our services accessible. Your dollars will cultivate mediation and restorative practices in our communities and increase the number of people who experience connection and belonging. Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 by becoming an official sponsor.


To thank you for your sponsorship, you’ll be invited to attend an early evening reception and experience, first-hand, a mini training engagement. This will take place on National Conflict Resolution Day: October 17, 2019 at the SEEDS office in Berkeley. More details will be provided upon sponsorship commitment.


As I enter the end of my first year as Executive Director, I look forward to having time on October 17 to get to know you better. I am honored to lead SEEDS’ impact and growth, and I could share the importance of our work all day. However, I think the impact is better illustrated by those benefiting from our trainings.


In the words of SEEDS training participants:


 “SEEDS is a unique organizational treasure providing profound conflict-resolution education & direct services in the Bay Area (and beyond). The facilitative mediation model assumes that community members are best suited to navigate any percolating points of friction; community-based mediators trained by SEEDS simply offer supportive structure to skillfully assist in the collaborative process of discerning salient issues and potential pathways forward. I completed my 40-hour certification years ago, yet clearly remember the value of the trainings – and many in my cohort enthusiastically agreed – that the communication skills learned would serve exceedingly well for any number of personal or professional communication contexts: close interpersonal relationships, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, clients, etc. SEEDS is a lean organization and money offered to expand the reach of SEEDS will only serve to ensure more equitable access to valuable trainings on a sustained basis.”

– Anonymous


“The instructors/educators are the best in the field.  They provided expert presentations, challenging exercises and were most interactive with students ensuring we understood the concepts and materials taught.  SEEDS rocks!!! I highly recommend SEEDS Mediation Training to anyone seeking authentic, comprehensive, interactive mediation training experience.”

– Aisha Mohammad Swan, PhD


“The SEEDS training changed the way I think about conflict in both personal and professional settings.  I used to view it in purely negative terms, but SEEDS inspired me to think of conflict as a natural and even important part of life, and an opportunity to better understand other people.  Now when disagreements arise, I notice my instinct to flee, and then look for productive ways to engage and move forward.  It’s not always easy, but I am grateful for the new perspective, particularly in these times when patience and understanding seem to be lacking from public discourse.”

– Becca Schonberg


With gratitude,


AddieRose Mayer

SEEDS Executive Director


Sponsor Levels & Recognition Benefits​​

SEEDS Visionary:
With your sponsorship of $5,000, benefits include:


  • In-Service Trainings (up to 2 hrs) provided to sponsoring organization during upcoming year

  • Named scholarship fund

  • Additional benefits listed below         

SEEDS Leader:
With your sponsorship of $2,500, benefits include:


  • Conflict coaching session (up to 2 hours) provided to sponsoring organization during upcoming year

  • Name and logo (with link) included in SEEDS email promoting public training sessions during upcoming year

  • Additional benefits listed below

SEEDS Champion:
With your sponsorship of $1,000, benefits include:


  • Name and logo listed on SEEDS training material packets​

  • Additional benefits listed below

SEEDS Benefactor:
With your sponsorship of $500, benefits include:


  • Social Media recognition of sponsorship

  • Additional benefits listed below

  • If you are using a mobile device, please make your SEEDS Benefactor donation using a desktop device

SEEDS Partner:
With your sponsorship of $250, benefits include:
  • Name listed on SEEDS website​

  • If you are using a mobile device, please make your SEEDS Partner donation using a desktop device

SEEDS Supporter:
Give a donation of below $250:

To participate in this program, please make your donation by June 30, 2018.

Thank you for your generous sponsorship!


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