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M J Murdock Charitable Trust - Vancouver, WA - 46 Survey Respondents
"Research the foundation and ask questions so your mission aligns with their mission and goals."
Walter And Elise Haas Fund - San Francisco, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"I would suggest making contact with the program officer before deciding on the project and approach. In my experience s/he is very helpful and candid"
Securian Foundation - St Paul, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"I had no success contacting the foundation via phone or voicemail. Email communication was minimal and not helpful."
Boston Foundation Inc - Boston, MA - 4 Survey Respondents
"OpenDoor is a crapshoot. We were told multiple times that there was nothing to improve our application--but when pressed on why, then, we were not pic"
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Seattle, WA - 15 Survey Respondents
"I would warn people to take the sheer level of unnecessary bureacracy into account. Depending on your organization, it may not be a good use of time."
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The team at is excited to announce GreatFoundations Minnesota – a celebration of foundations doing great work in Minnesota.  At the beginning of 2020, we’ll be releasing a list of GreatFoundations in Minnesota using data from Since 2017, we’ve been tracking the trends and feedback from Minnesota grantseekers, and have identified some of [...]

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How to (and why we should) Adopt an Asset-based Framework in Grantmaking and Grantwriting

By: Kari Aanestad, co-director of With input from: Andrea Sanow, Development and Content Coordinator at; Michelle Chang, Policy and Equity Coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Over the past ten years I have told stories of various organizations to foundations using the same grant application template that has been in use for [...]

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More than a final report: New ideas for funder “stewardship”

GrantAdvisor’s goal is to help grantseekers get the information they need to be successful and increase public awareness of their role in the nonprofit sector. That means articulating how the current systems around grantseeking and grantmaking work. But just because the current systems are designed a certain way, that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. GrantAdvisor also [...]

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