Pomegranate Center

Alas, Pomegranate Center, the nonprofit, has moved to the great beyond. Pomegranate Associates, LLC will carry on the work. Read more

Alas, Pomegranate Center has moved to the great beyond.

by Katya Matanovic

May 27, 2021

Dear Friend of Pomegranate:

Since its founding by Milenko Matanovic in 1986, Pomegranate Center has always been about reinvention and evolution.  From its early days cataloging city treasures in Issaquah and helping grade schoolers understand their trash, to creating dozens of community-designed and -built gathering spaces, helping numerous communities and organizations plan for a new future, to its most recent incarnation of training people to work collaboratively, Pomegranate has been about applying the artist sensibility to how we live together.

Historically, this was done through a non-profit model; with a board, fundraising and lots of services delivered to communities.  We were never flush, but squeaked through the ups and downs of living our mission over 34 years.

In the current era, Pomegranate needs to evolve once again.  With the four hurricanes of climate change, pandemic, inequity and racial injustice bearing down on all of us, our mission of collaboration is ever more needed, but ever harder to procure funds for in the face of more immediate needs.

So, we’ve decided to cast off the structure of the non-profit, regrant our remaining funds to other organizations doing similar work, and trust that all the collaboration training we’ve done has planted seeds deep enough to grow. To close Pomegranate Center is the most conscious choice, and the most aligned with our philosophy, that we can choose at this time.

Yes, we’re sad.  Yes, we have great gratitude to those who have supported our mission over the decades.  But we’re also doing this with as much grace and generosity of spirit as we can, and ask for your grace and generosity for this difficult decision.

What does this mean logistically?

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  • Once it is safe to meet in groups again, we are saving a little money to throw a party to celebrate Pomegranate’s legacy, work and impact in the world. We’ll invite our donors, trainees, volunteers and like-minded peers for a joyful closure and completion ceremony.

For those of you who have relied on Pomegranate Center for advice and counsel for your collaboration projects, Milenko and/or Katya will be available on a fee-based consulting basis to assist. If there is interest, they will continue to offer trainings. Pomegranate Associates, LLC will carry on the work. You can still reach them at their Pomegranate email addresses: milenko@pomegranate.org and katya@pomegranate.org.

Know we appreciate all your support over the years, and are sure that Pomegranate’s legacy will continue on in the many community groups, trainings, volunteers, gathering spaces and content created about the Pomegranate methodology and philosophy.

Every now and then people contact us to share how our methods are enhancing their work. This is music to our ears. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

To a creative, collaborative and human future!

Katya Matanovic, past Pomegranate Center CEO