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BIG
GREEN
DAO

disrupting
philanthropic
hierarchies

The first non-profit led philanthropic DAO

Big Green is a USA 501c3 non-profit that believes growing food changes lives. We're launching a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) as an experiment in democratizing and decentralizing our grantmaking.

GROWING NEW FUTURES.
DISRUPTING HIERARCHIES.

The Big Green DAO is a first-of-its-kind experiment to radically reconceive and restructure grant-making, disrupting embedded power structures by putting nonprofits in the driver’s seat. The Big Green DAO is controlled by its grantees and donors. Everyone gets the same vote.

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growing food,
changing lives
disrupting philanthropic hierarchies
streamlining philanthropic models
democratic and transparent governance

ABOUT
BIG GREEN

Big Green is a national 501c3 non-profit in the USA. Since 2011, we have been teaching people to grow food. Growing food improves nutrition security and mental health, increases time spent outdoors, and cultivates a deeper appreciation for our collective impact on the climate.

We now support schools, families and communities across the country to grow their own food through training, grants, garden bed donations, and providing materials directly to teachers and growers to create and support their garden programs.

ABOUT
DAOs

A DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), is a blockchain-based organization governed by code instead of people. It’s community-owned by its members with a built-in treasury that nobody has permission to use without approval of the group.

The Big Green DAO is a first-of-its-kind experiment to radically reconceive and restructure grant-making, disrupting embedded power structures by putting nonprofits in the driver’s seat.

committee

The Big Green DAO committee is made up of organizations working in food and tech. All of our members have all been awarded grants and will play a key role in guiding the direction of Big Green DAO.

Wande Okunoren-Meadows
Vero Dimas
A-dae Romero-Briones
Catherine Fleming
SSG Lacy McDonald
Dianna Zeegers

GET INVOLVED

Govern

Members can discuss potential projects on Discord and vote on the direct distribution of funds to non-profit organizations on Snapshot.

Coming Soon...

DONATE

We are slowly phasing additional donations into the treasury as the experiment progresses. Find out more in the FAQ and the Litepaper.

GET
FUNDING

Food or gardening nonprofits can receive funding from the Big Green DAO. Successful applicants will also receive a DAO governance token to drive future funding.

GROW

Engage on and offline with the Big Green community and help grow a thriving culture of gardening.

Find out
What is a DAO

A DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), is a blockchain-based organizational structure in which there is no central decision-making authority. Instead, governance decisions like how funds are used, are distributed and even automated.

A DAO is commonly described as an “internet-native business that is collectively owned and managed by its members.” In other words, it’s a digital collective or cooperative. DAOs typically have a central treasury, which no one individual has the authority to access or control without approval of a larger group, and decisions are made through proposals and voting, to ensure members in the organization have a voice.

The prevalence of DAOs has significantly increased in recent months and years, with new collectives arising all the time. DAOs currently exist in three primary fields: 1) skilled-based cooperatives, for example, Web3 development groups; 2) DeFi (decentralized finance) organizations like Uniswap or OlympusDAO; and 3) NFT (non-fungible token) and cultural collectives, for example Decentraland DAO, the largest metaverse on the Ethereum blockchain.

We believe philanthropy is the next frontier in the evolution of DAOs and that a decentralized philanthropic organization can disrupt embedded power structures by putting nonprofits in the role of decision-maker.

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how the big green dao will work

The Big Green DAO is leveraging blockchain solutions that engage community members and organizations in a collective decision-making role by utilizing ERC-20 governance tokens to exercise cooperative input and control over a treasury of grant dollars.

As a collective experiment, this project will run from November 2021 through September 2022, at which time its operational successes, shortcomings and impacts will be assessed and the continued tenure of the project evaluated.

An additional requirement of this experiment is that the Big Green DAO stays within the IRS rules of a 501(c)(3) non-profit under United States of America law, to ensure that donations from U.S. taxpayers are tax-deductible. If the experiment is successful, we will look for ways to expand the reach of the Big Green DAO to other countries.

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WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR

This DAO supports organizations that are advancing food and gardening, including (but in no way limited to) food justice, school gardens, home gardens, urban gardens, food advocacy, and regenerative agriculture.

Ultimately, funds will be distributed at the discretion of the community.

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Find out
how Contributors are compensated

The DAO committee is composed of Big Green’s trusted partners and the DAO’s first grantees. Each committee member is a representative of an organization working in food and each member organization has been awarded a $50,000 grant to support its mission.

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how donations are handled

We are not utilizing additional donations until a later phase of the experiment. If you wish to contribute now, we can hold your gift in restricted funds. If the experiment is successful and the DAO begins accepting additional donations to grow the treasury and support more nonprofit organizations, your donation will be added to the treasury and used for grantmaking at the discretion of the DAO members. If the experiment fails and it is decided the DAO will not continue to grow, your donation will be used for Big Green’s national garden programs. We will not be able to issue refunds.

If you wish to contribute, please email dao@biggreen.org and we will help you make it happen.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

who we are:
big green

Big Green was founded in 2011 with a belief that growing food changes lives. We provide critical resources to the front lines of philanthropy. Through the Big Green DAO we believe we can decentralize decision making to make providing critical resources to the front lines faster and more democratic.

Kimbal Musk
Mathew Markman