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Pomegranate Center FAQs


What does Pomegranate Center do?
Pomegranate Center has always focused on helping to create sustainable communities  After many years of focusing on the design and construction side of community-building, however, Pomegranate Center now devotes a large portion of time to training future leaders to adopt their time-tested strategies for community-inclusive, effective and affordable planning. Please see our Training page for more information on our classes, the Project page for details on the many places we have designed and built, and the Partnership page for our new three-fold approach that transfers our knowledge to other community organizations across the country.

Why “Pomegranate Center?” How was the name chosen?
The rather plain but honest truth is that “Appleseed” (as in Johnny Appleseed) was already taken. The next thing that came to mind for founder, Milenko Matanovic, was the bright, rich pomegranate. It has turned out to be the perfect name for many reasons. Early artists used the pomegranate as a symbol of hope, it is used for healing, and it contains many seeds, the essence of new possibilities.

Is Milenko Matanovic available for speaking engagements?
Yes, please contact us with details of your request and we will provide information about his fees and schedule.

Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes, Pomegranate Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

What is a “Gathering Place?” 
A gathering place has three main ingredients. It: (1) accommodates many uses; (2) accommodates all people, all generations; and (3) offers opportunities for gatherings on a regular, ongoing basis, inviting return visits.

How do you measure the success of a gathering place?
We look for these signs: Do people take a small detour to visit it? Do individuals like spending time there? Do children like it? Do couples hold hands while visiting it? Do groups like to meet there? Do people use it for special events? Are people fond of it?

Do you have a question for Pomegranate Center?
Please contact us and we’ll do our best to answer promptly.