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Bush Foundation

St Paul, MN

25 Survey Respondents


" We found their guidelines less than clear and despite multiple conversations with Bush personnel, we don't feel that they were interested in learn... "
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Peery Foundation

Palo Alto, CA

23 Survey Respondents


" Peery was accessible and professional even though there was not a fit the first time around. Their intake call system is personal, respectful, and qui... "
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Durfee Foundation

Santa Monica, CA

21 Survey Respondents


" We were fortunate to receive funding as a Springboard recipient. Their support continued over the next 10 years where they still serve as my "gu... "
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Kendeda Fund

Wilmington, DE

21 Survey Respondents


" be prepared to go deep on strategies and explain why these are the right one.... "
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The California Endowment

Los Angeles, CA

19 Survey Respondents


" Need to have a relationship with the Foundation. Be prepared to do A LOT of tweaking and wordsmithing of the proposal and specifically tie it to heal... "
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Otto Bremer Trust

Saint Paul, MN

18 Survey Respondents


" I find the Funder very accessible and willing to take the time to offer direction.... "
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Open Road Alliance

Washington, DC

16 Survey Respondents


" Be clear and comprehensive. ORA is smart and will see right through a request that isn't substantive.... "
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Wells Fargo Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

16 Survey Respondents


" Definitely appreciate their history of support and contributions to our organization. Getting to a contact person other than their reporting staff is... "
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3m Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

15 Survey Respondents


" Huge lack of transparency and support regarding the application process. Our LOI was sent back undelivered, and we could not even get a response as to... "
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Charles K Blandin Foundation

Grand Rapids, MN

15 Survey Respondents


" They are very approachable and good listeners. Call and talk to them if you have a good proposal.... "
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Mcknight Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

12 Survey Respondents


" If there seems to be a fit, reach out to them. I have found the team I work with, and one program officer in particular, to be extremely helpful and f... "
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Minneapolis Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

11 Survey Respondents


" Call before you apply. It saved us a lot of time to have them tell us not to bother applying.... "
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Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Mountain View, CA

11 Survey Respondents


" So much of the dollars out of the Foundation are in Donor-Advised Funds. Hard to qualify for the tightly worded RFP for the open rounds of grants they... "
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James Irvine Foundation

San Francisco, CA

10 Survey Respondents


" We were invited to apply in 2016 and 2017, and I still don't have a clue why. Spent a lot of time on the application both years, for zero feedback... "
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Weingart Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

10 Survey Respondents


" It is worth the effort to try.... "
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Medina Foundation

Seattle, WA

9 Survey Respondents


" Staff are very accessible and actually welcome your questions. Review guidelines even if you've applied before; they seem to change fairly often.... "
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Solano Community Foundation

Fairfield, CA

9 Survey Respondents


" I would talk to them first so they can explain all their funding and were to look on their website for information. This is a great source for funding... "
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The Saint Paul Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

9 Survey Respondents


" Mission priorities are clear and the application process is thorough but easily followed - just be sure to allow time. As with all grantors, it's... "
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Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation

San Diego, CA

8 Survey Respondents


" End of the day I would say go elsewhere. The new CEO since like 2012 has broken promise after promise. And if anyone ever criticizes him in public, he... "
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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Vancouver, WA

8 Survey Respondents


" Definitely call before you write the LOI. But I've seen them encourage several grants that they would never fund. Very difficult processes. Not ve... "
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U S Bancorp Foundation

Milwaukee, WI

8 Survey Respondents


" As a corporation funding from its headquarters, it is important to have the local branch manager knowledgeable on your organization and aware of the g... "
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William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Menlo Park, CA

8 Survey Respondents


" Build relationships with Hewlett staff, especially program staff as their contracts with the foundation dictate that they must leave after 7-8 years.... "
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA

7 Survey Respondents


" The BMGF is very large, and peopled with all manner of professionals (across the spectrum from young field ex-pats to very experienced subject matter... "
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David And Lucile Packard Foundation

Los Altos, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Very supportive organization and staff. Easy to work with. Truly try to ensure your success with your project.... "
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Mardag Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

7 Survey Respondents


" The application process was clear, and we had a delightful visit with the program officer to share some more information about our project. He was tho... "
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Pollination Project Foundation

Berkeley, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Fantastic organization, definitely apply if you have a strong seed idea.... "
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Sobrato Family Foundation

Cupertino, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" In general, Sobrato is very forward thinking. Supporting small organizations with space is a HUGE contribution in the Bay Area. Funding general operat... "
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The Ahmanson Foundation

Beverly Hills, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Looking to fund capital requests... "
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Bothin Foundation

San Francisco, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" Staff are very responsive to inquiries and website with guidelines is up to date. I would recommend asking for a phone call with a staff member before... "
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California Community Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" The Foundation's program officers are extremely helpful and know exactly what they are looking for in an application. Definitely give them a call... "
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Community Foundation For Monterey County

Monterey, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" They have a capacity building program that might be good for some nonprofits, but it's very one-size-fits-all. And there's an unwritten rule t... "
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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Eden Prairie, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" Best of luck trying to understand this foundations process or priorities.... "
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Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Oakland, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" Quirky and frequently unpredictable. Many of the grants are made for specific individual donors, so there aren't consistent priorities or processe... "
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Samuel S Fels Fund

Philadelphia, PA

6 Survey Respondents


" Contact the fund staff—they are eager and willing to discuss opportunities for funding and, more broadly, feedback on your work.... "
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San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" Recent reorganization of priorities shows responsiveness and dedication to equity.... "
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The California Wellness Foundation

Woodland Hls, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" They are not super interested in being contacted by phone - just go ahead and send an LOI for them to review. Another way to start building a relation... "
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Foundation

St Paul, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" Read the guidance in order to clearly articulate your questions before calling.... "
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Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Inc

Duluth, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" The DSACF is very approachable so I would recommend a call to chat about your project proposal.... "
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Gilroy Foundation

Gilroy, CA

5 Survey Respondents


" Know that you are going to interact with a great organization.... "
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Hugh J Andersen Foundation

Bayport, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" It is very important to start early and build a relationship with their grants manager.... "
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Medica Foundation

Minnetonka, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" The Medica Foundation usually has a workshop to discuss all of their grant opportunities and they are very helpful. They will take a phone call and ar... "
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Medtronic Communities Foundation

Fridley, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" This is not an open foundation. Their giving is in health, which is aligned with their business aspirations. They do not actively seek proposals or in... "
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Northwest Area Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" I would not spend a lot of time with NWAF as they apparently are not interested in hearing from agencies unless they currently fund them. They do pro... "
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Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" The program officers are very knowledgeable, and keep the trustees interest in mind at all times. Getting to know the interests of the trustees throug... "
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Pohlad Family Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

5 Survey Respondents


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Rbc Foundation Usa

Minneapolis, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" Call and have a conversation with the Foundation manager. She is very willing to help.... "
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Sand Hill Foundation

Menlo Park, CA

5 Survey Respondents


" The staff is very responsive and open to phone and in-person meetings... "
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