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Pomegranate Center Awarded $350,000 Grant from ORCA Fund

For Immediate Release:  ISSAQUAH, WA, January 21, 2014 —Pomegranate Center, a non-profit community building organization, announces the receipt of a grant from the San Diego-based ORCA Fund.

The grant, which totals $350,000 over a five-year period, enables Pomegranate Center to continue transforming and connecting communities while implementing training and mentoring programs that teach crucial leadership skills. ORCA Fund and Rokenbok CEO, Paul Eichen, said the following about awarding this grant to Pomegranate Center:

     “Pomegranate Center’s arts-based method of collaborative community building is the best model we have ever encountered. It has become clear that what Pomegranate Center teaches can benefit communities all over the country. This grant will help Pomegranate Center create a network of community builders able to support each other in building communities for many years to come.”
                                Paul Eichen, ORCA Fund & CEO Rokenbok

Milenko Matanovic, founder of the Pomegranate Center, expressed deep appreciation for the ORCA grant, “Paul’s gift will unlock new opportunities for Pomegranate Center to train a new generation of leaders capable of improving their communities. We are honored to receive this support to continue sharing our 27+ years of experience.”

Matanovic and Eichen originally met in 2011 and quickly realized their shared vision for community building. Their first project together was in collaboration with San Diego non-profit A Reason to Survive (ARTS), and resulted in the transformation of an unsafe, unused space into a much-needed gathering place for a San Diego neighborhood.