3m Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 18 Survey Respondents
"3Mgives is very dedicated to enhancing the philanthropy experience for their employees. They align all of their giving (grants, in-kind, sponsorships)"
Andersen Corporate Foundation - Bayport, MN - 7 Survey Respondents
"Andersen Corporate Foundation has well written and specific application guidelines. They are very approachable and reachable by phone, if you have add"
Atkinson Foundation - San Francisco, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"Atkinson Foundation is managed by Pacific Foundation Services. I reached out via email to the person managing Atkinson and got a prompt reply! She&"
Allegany Franciscan Ministries - Palm Harbor, FL - 6 Survey Respondents
"I would suggest calling for assistance. They are very helpful and supportive. Read the information as to who and what is funded as there are clear g"
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Inc - Charlotte, NC - 12 Survey Respondents
"You must have a champion, I suspect a bank employee but perhaps another nonprofit that they have funded for a very long time. I have tried unsuccessfu"
Best Buy Foundation - Richfield, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"Know that organizations in the Twin Cities are treated differently than organizations elsewhere in the country."
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Seattle, WA - 13 Survey Respondents
"To be honest, of all the grants we won which were 6, Gates was the easiest. We applied the year before and didn't get the grant but the next year"
Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Foundation - St Paul, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"My relationship with the program officer is nothing but exceptional. I cannot compare the relationship that BCBS MN Foundation program officers have w"
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"
Bush Foundation - St Paul, MN - 31 Survey Respondents
"Only apply if you can demonstrate (within tight application character limits) that the process by which you've identified a community issue has ac"
Bingham Program - Augusta, ME - 9 Survey Respondents
"I have always had a call prior to applying. It was very helpful."
California Community Foundation - Los Angeles, CA - 8 Survey Respondents
"Take the time to get to know their programs where your work matches, and to plan on several conversations with the staff there."
Carolyn Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"For their New Haven grantmaking - Make sure you meet the guidelines and focus populations. Try to have organization staff develop a relationship with"
Catholic Community Foundation Of Minnesota - Minnesota, MN - 9 Survey Respondents
"Catholic Community Foundation is a wonderful organization to work with. Our school was invited to participate in a marketing grant during the 2017-201"
Charles K Blandin Foundation - Grand Rapids, MN - 18 Survey Respondents
"Reach out to a program officer and build a personal relationship. They're extremely accessible, and it'll be worth your time."
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation - Pittsburgh, PA - 15 Survey Respondents
"The funder's healthcare Program Officer makes herself very accessible via email, cell phone and face to face meetings. Although she is very busy,"
Community Foundation For Monterey County - Monterey, CA - 8 Survey Respondents
"It's hard to imagine a funder that is more arrogant. They think they should be telling nonprofits what to do, and because they're a funder, th"
Community Foundation Of The Lowcountry Inc - Hilton Head, SC - 8 Survey Respondents
"Be sure you understand the gaps in service provision that exists in the community for which your project plans to address. Have clear goals and objec"
Community Foundation Of The Napa Valley - Napa, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"It is a good idea to contact their program officers first to confirm you application matches their priority areas. The staff is very responsive and"
Colocation America - Las Vegas, NV - 25 Survey Respondents
"It's great to call prior and get a sense of what they are looking for. They're very receptive. In your application, be as clear as possible ab"
David And Lucile Packard Foundation - Los Altos, CA - 8 Survey Respondents
"I've had really positive experiences with all of the program officers I've worked with there (three for three different grants). They take a d"
Denver Foundation - Denver, CO - 7 Survey Respondents
"Be ready to discuss racial equity in depth. It's a priority for them, and they will ask. Sadly, other forms of diversity and inclusion are barely"
Doris & Victor Day Foundation Inc - Rock Island, IL - 18 Survey Respondents
"If this is your first time applying for a grant they will assign someone to assist you with the process."
Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Inc - Duluth, MN - 7 Survey Respondents
"Rigid online format requirements can be difficult to comply with. With the small grants, the time required to gather, organize and input figures, bot"
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"
F B Heron Foundation - New York, NY - 9 Survey Respondents
"Though we did not get a grant, their response to our inquiry was prompt & courteous."
Ford Foundation - New York, NY - 6 Survey Respondents
"My experience is that if you let them believe that they are really smart and know more than you do and that they helped shaped the proposal, you can g"
Frey Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"I'm not sure they're actually open to new grantees, though they do have an LOI process. It seems like they stick with their tried and true gra"
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Inc - Milwaukee, WI - 5 Survey Respondents
"It is critical that grant applicants meet with foundation staff prior to a grant cycle to develop a relationship. This community foundation is remarka"
Greater Twin Cities United Way - Minneapolis, MN - 10 Survey Respondents
"The 2019 RFP was incredibly time-consuming. Many questions were redundant and the RFP guidelines did not mention the additional open fields that would"
Gilroy Foundation - Gilroy, CA - 14 Survey Respondents
"Know what your need is and make sure you express to the foundation the exact terms of that need."
Headwaters Foundation For Justice - Minneapolis, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"Check out Headwaters website. They offer webinars and in person grant info sessions. Take advantage of those. You get a chance at better understanding"
Hrk Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"They are invite only. Check funded orgs to see what they like, and you will probably set your mind at ease about their closed process. Relatively smal"
Hugh J Andersen Foundation - Bayport, MN - 9 Survey Respondents
"Contact staff before submitting a proposal - they are incredibly transparent about their interests and will take the time to listen to you."
Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation - San Diego, CA - 10 Survey Respondents
"I work with a grant-making organization that made a grant to JCNI that was to be used for a particular purpose, within a particular time frame, and th"
James Irvine Foundation - San Francisco, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"As far as I know, the Irvine Foundation seeks out potential grantees and does not invite folks to approach them on their own. If you review their webs"
John D & Catherine T Macarthur Foundation - Chicago, IL - 6 Survey Respondents
"Macarthur is a large foundation and our program officer had a large and diverse portfolio of grantees. When applying a grantee should weigh the likeli"
Kendeda Fund - Wilmington, DE - 28 Survey Respondents
"It's best to look at the website and see the kinds of giving they've been doing."
"Longview Foundation really knows the landscape of global education, and thus has a good sense of what proposals will work in action. Take a look at t"
M J Murdock Charitable Trust - Vancouver, WA - 31 Survey Respondents
"The program managers really act as a partner in developing your grant proposal. Begin a conversation with them early, ideally at the idea formulation/"
Marbrook Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"They are difficult to reach. We got an email response back about 4 days before the proposal deadline."
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"
Margaret A Cargill Foundation - Eden Prairie, MN - 13 Survey Respondents
"A collective groan went up when this foundation was mentioned in a Dec. 2018 gathering of several hundred Twin Cities grantseekers. And given their l"
Mcknight Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 15 Survey Respondents
"Reaching out to a program officer is advisable before pursuing funding. Read through their documentation and stated value sand objectives. Making sure"
Medica Foundation - Minnetonka, MN - 11 Survey Respondents
"Call the funder first and make sure it seems likely that your project will be considered eligible before applying."
Medina Foundation - Seattle, WA - 10 Survey Respondents
"Since The Medina Foundation understands the importance of unrestricted funds, who can write your grant to reflect all of your programs and services an"
Medtronic Communities Foundation - Fridley, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"Work to engage the employees at the foundation, they are wonderful to work with and great partners! They prefer to focus on projects with significant"
Meyer Memorial Trust - Portland, OR - 9 Survey Respondents
"Be sure to get everything their program officers assert down in writing. They are struggling to align their new staff with their new direction. You"
Minneapolis Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 12 Survey Respondents
"Call and talk to the program officers at the foundation before you move forward with a grant request. They are very transparent, straight shooters who"
Morris And Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation - Washington, DC - 5 Survey Respondents
"The grant proposal and reporting process is relatively lengthy, and requires enough financial reporting that this funder is best for a nonprofit with"
Mary’s Pence - Saint Paul, MN - 9 Survey Respondents
"Be sure that your grant request is specifically designated to benefit women and primarily women of color. If your grant is requesting funding for a p"
Northland Foundation - Duluth, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"If you think you are a good fit based on their website, contact the Director of Grantmaking and tell him about what you are seeking. He will let you k"
Northwest Area Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"It's literally impossible to email this foundation. I've tried sending emails from both my work account and personal gmail account multiple ti"
Oregon Community Foundation - Portland, OR - 5 Survey Respondents
"Definitely contact ahead of time, but willing to communicate with new projects and at least give a clear answer if your project won't fit. The app"
Otto Bremer Trust - Saint Paul, MN - 38 Survey Respondents
"Definitely call first. Our program officer really values having conversations with us, and has given us valuable advice."
Open Road Alliance - Washington, DC - 40 Survey Respondents
"Definitely arrange a call first to understand the issues the team needs clarity on first. The process is simple and clear, the team is accessible. Ver"
Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 7 Survey Respondents
"They only fund organizations they have a relationship with--but they are loyal once you get in! I wouldn't send a blind LOI/proposal... try to mee"
Paul M Angell Family Foundation - Chicago, IL - 5 Survey Respondents
"This was a new funder for us, and I have been thrilled to work with them. Their expectations are clear and concise, they have a streamlined LOI and gr"
Peery Foundation - Palo Alto, CA - 32 Survey Respondents
"Have a call first then spend time on proposals"
Petco Foundation - San Antonio, TX - 5 Survey Respondents
"It is critical to complete the current year Partner animal data prior to applying for funding. Depending on your organization, this can take longer th"
Peter & Elizabeth C Tower Foundation Tr - Getzville, NY - 12 Survey Respondents
"The Foundation works collaboratively to ensure a clear understanding of your proposed grant and is responsive and supportive. Oriented to making the"
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"
Pierce Family Foundation - Chicago, IL - 6 Survey Respondents
"Pierce is a wonderful foundation and has been for years. Their staff are legitimate big thinkers in the philanthropic industry. Unfortunately their"
Pohlad Family Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 11 Survey Respondents
"Grant is involved and could be in two parts. The first may be (depending on the grant) is to write an LOI then if you are selected as we were, a full"
Pollination Project Foundation - Berkeley, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"Read their requirements first to see if you are a good fit."
Rasmuson Foundation - Anchorage, AK - 6 Survey Respondents
"We have found the program staff at the Rasmuson Foundation to be extremely approachable and helpful. We have been working with them for many years and"
Rbc Foundation Usa - Minneapolis, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"Call and have a conversation with the Foundation manager. She is very willing to help."
Richard M Schulze Family Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 13 Survey Respondents
"Be prepared for site visit."
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Princeton, NJ - 7 Survey Respondents
"Our experience with RWJF was fantastic. We received funding for a three-year project, with the project officer always available for questions and ann"
Rock Island Community Foundation - Rock Island, IL - 8 Survey Respondents
"Provide clear detail about how your project serves Rock Island residents."
Samuel S Fels Fund - Philadelphia, PA - 16 Survey Respondents
"I would contact the staff members at the foundation to really understand their mission (which has changed) first and then start the application proces"
San Francisco Foundation - San Francisco, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"This was when they were of the fiscal sponsor for the East Bay foundation on aging. I am very glad that you spray foundation has left SFF because whe"
Sand Hill Foundation - Menlo Park, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"The staff is very responsive and open to phone and in-person meetings"
Satterberg Foundation - Seattle, WA - 9 Survey Respondents
"They got our mission and values, and it was a good match for theirs (which are posted in detail on their website). If it's not a match for your or"
Securian Foundation - St Paul, MN - 7 Survey Respondents
"Know that they just switched to taking online applications, and the transition wasn't clear. The program officer is not responsive, so it's ha"
Silicon Valley Community Foundation - Mountain View, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"They like to claim they're the biggest foundation in the US, and they're committed to addressing issues like the affordable housing crisis, bu"
Sobrato Family Foundation - Cupertino, CA - 8 Survey Respondents
"The Sobrato Family Foundation is investing in some of the most important, and often overlooked, nonprofit needs. They provide office space, general su"
Solano Community Foundation - Fairfield, CA - 17 Survey Respondents
"Make sure you have the current application and follow all directives."
Shavlik Family Foundation - White Bear Lake, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"Read and believe the guidelines. These folks are tech people and they are quite clear what they like and don't like. Using tech to drive institut"
Target Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"They are currently doing a realignment of funding priorities. But in the past, unless you had an invite based on recommendation of a Target employee,"
Telligen Community Initiative - West Des Moines, IA - 5 Survey Respondents
"In Telligen's RFP, they strongly encourage you to contact their staff to discuss your application. My team has tried to do this through both emai"
The Ahmanson Foundation - Beverly Hills, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"Looking to fund capital requests"
The California Endowment - Los Angeles, CA - 23 Survey Respondents
"It is easy to get a meeting however, they are very specific about what they are funding. Their properties on their website did not match what they are"
The California Wellness Foundation - Los Angeles, CA - 9 Survey Respondents
"They are wonderful to work with and easy to schedule time with"
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc - Owings Mills, MD - 6 Survey Respondents
"Definitely call before you send in a proposal or an LOI. Staff is helpful in this regards, and are very clear about what they will or will not fund."
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"
Tipping Point Community - San Francisco, CA - 6 Survey Respondents
"Tipping Point is great in theory, backed by a lot of influential/wealthy funders. For a trusted colleague however, I would tell them to proceed with c"
Travelers Foundation - St Paul, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"The application was not too difficult, however the lack of feedback received for why the application was not accepted was non-existent. Our organizati"
Tustin Community Foundation - Tustin, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"The Executive Director is so sweet and tries to help in anyway she can. She makes the entire process enjoyable."
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"I got the feeling that they wanted to be seen as part of a funding group so they gave us a small grant as a way of staying in with the big funders in"
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"
Union Bank Foundation - San Francisco, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"Their on-line application is very straight forward. I like that they give you a word count rather than a character count. And, they give you enough w"
Wal-mart Foundation - Bentonville, AR - 10 Survey Respondents
"We had been in discussions with the regional contact about our proposal and were encouraged to apply. We were still not funded. I have since discourag"
Washington Womens Foundation - Seattle, WA - 8 Survey Respondents
"It would be so helpful if the Foundation could provide any insight into the priorities guiding the panels reviewing the Pool Grant LOIs. If an overwhe"
Weingart Foundation - Los Angeles, CA - 13 Survey Respondents
"Unless you can show direct services to low income communities or groups in LA County don't bother."
Weitz Family Foundation - Omaha, NE - 27 Survey Respondents
"I would suggest a thorough read-through of the information provided on their website. They have taken the time to put together a clear and easy to man"
Wells Fargo Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 26 Survey Respondents
"You will not be able to receive funding without having a conversation with the grant officer in the Foundation beforehand. During our conversations th"
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation - Menlo Park, CA - 9 Survey Respondents
"Important to establish relationships with program officers who are highly skilled in each repertoire. Submit proposals for review and take notes serio"
William Penn Foundation - Philadelphia, PA - 5 Survey Respondents
"DO NOT apply without establishing some sort of relationship with them first. The staff is great but the family/Board is tough and rigid."
We Raise Foundation - Itasca, IL - 7 Survey Respondents
"WeRaise is doing a great job of developing leaders of new innovative non-profits. They go above and beyond simply funding, but they invest in the peop"