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Peery Foundation

Palo Alto, CA

31 Survey Respondents


" Lead person is smart, engaged, kind and insightful. Generous with her time and ideas.... "
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Bush Foundation

St Paul, MN

30 Survey Respondents


" Hard to understand what they want to fund, while they say something new, not sure how they define new and initiative.... "
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Kendeda Fund

Wilmington, DE

27 Survey Respondents


" The Kendeda Fund is an exemplary funder. Accessible, flexible and generous. We had a great field tour with several Kendeda Fund members, and this hel... "
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Otto Bremer Trust

Saint Paul, MN

26 Survey Respondents


" It is a bit of a formidable grant application but I think that's reasonable given the size of the grants. Although everything is online (applicati... "
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Open Road Alliance

Washington, DC

23 Survey Respondents


" Make sure the roadblock is truly external and could not have been foreseen, and that there is a clear pathway to impact should this be overcome.... "
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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... "
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Colocation America

Las Vegas, NV

22 Survey Respondents


" We have tried for months to get answers from Colocation on where the grant application is located. We have called(spoke to the same individual each ti... "
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Wells Fargo Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

22 Survey Respondents


" It is important to have a relationship with you local community representative and have Board representation. Relationships go a long way, but always... "
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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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Charles K Blandin Foundation

Grand Rapids, MN

17 Survey Respondents


" An excellent resource for Itasca County-area nonprofits. For nonprofits outside that region, the guidelines and funding priorities are more restrictiv... "
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Doris & Victor Day Foundation Inc

Rock Island, IL

17 Survey Respondents


" take the time to review the web site and also to feel free to contact the Executive Director with any questions. Be prepared. You will need to be abl... "
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3m Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

16 Survey Respondents


" 3M has been a wonderful longtime partner. Start by building a relationship within the company.... "
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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... "
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Solano Community Foundation

Fairfield, CA

15 Survey Respondents


" Follow the guidelines and you should be fine!... "
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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Vancouver, WA

14 Survey Respondents


" They like being told well in advance about potential projects and will not fund anything long-term. They want grantees to become self-sufficient... "
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Mcknight Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

13 Survey Respondents


" Get to know their programming areas and be prepared to demonstrate your relationships with other organizations they partner with. Reach out to the ap... "
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Pollination Project Foundation

Berkeley, CA

12 Survey Respondents


" Read their requirements first to see if you are a good fit.... "
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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... "
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Weingart Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

12 Survey Respondents


" Staff is very helpful. Offered suggestions for improving proposal and recommended actions going forward.... "
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA

11 Survey Respondents


" I just don't think it is right to exploit nonprofits leaders that plan to help their homes countries.... "
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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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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... "
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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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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... "
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San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA

10 Survey Respondents


" Network network network. Try and build a relationship with a program officer in your area of specialization. As with any foundation.... "
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Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Inc

Charlotte, NC

9 Survey Respondents


" I was very pleased with the response to our application. Invited in for an informal discussion regarding the project and how BoA could make a greater... "
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Bingham Program

Augusta, ME

9 Survey Respondents


" I have always had a call prior to applying. It was very helpful.... "
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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... "
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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... "
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Peter & Elizabeth C Tower Foundation Tr

Getzville, NY

9 Survey Respondents


" The Tower Foundation is the only organization in the space that allows Executive Directors with learning disabilities to submit year-end-reports verba... "
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Pohlad Family Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

9 Survey Respondents


" Their new grants process is highly competitive. They are committed to their new vision. Make sure your plan fits squarely within their vision.... "
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The California Wellness Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

9 Survey Respondents


" They are wonderful to work with and easy to schedule time with... "
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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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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.... "
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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... "
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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... "
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Hugh J Andersen Foundation

Bayport, MN

8 Survey Respondents


" The Philanthropy Director at Hugh J. Andersen Foundation is extremely helpful, accessible, and straight-forward; you will know, after a quick phone ca... "
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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Eden Prairie, MN

8 Survey Respondents


" This is a completely inaccessible foundation. There website says you can contact them but the bounce back says they don't accept unsolicited prop... "
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Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

8 Survey Respondents


" Request feedback on whether your idea is good fit before you submit application.... "
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Rock Island Community Foundation

Rock Island, IL

8 Survey Respondents


" Provide clear detail about how your project serves Rock Island residents.... "
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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... "
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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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Wal-mart Foundation

Bentonville, AR

8 Survey Respondents


" I was surprised to find out that if you are funded by a United Way organization, you are not eligible to apply for a Wal-Mart Foundation grant. This... "
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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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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... "
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Foundation

St Paul, MN

7 Survey Respondents


" Take the time to connect with Foundation staff before submitting your application. They are very responsive and enjoy conversing about your proposed i... "
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Community Foundation For Monterey County

Monterey, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Think twice before applying: Given the amount of time /effort required for the application and for the reporting, carefully weigh the potential grant... "
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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... "
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F B Heron Foundation

New York, NY

7 Survey Respondents


" As long as you're aligned on the mission and can deliver the goods, Heron is about the easiest foundation to work with. Reporting requirements are... "
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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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Medica Foundation

Minnetonka, MN

7 Survey Respondents


" Very easy people to deal with. Give them a call to discuss your program and they will advise if meets their requirements and answer your questions.... "
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Northwest Area Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

7 Survey Respondents


" Definitely need to have an 'in' at this foundation.... "
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Satterberg Foundation

Seattle, WA

7 Survey Respondents


" I want to love Satterberg Foundation. However, I've tried multiple times over the last 2 years, on behalf of client organizations who have been fu... "
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The Ahmanson Foundation

Beverly Hills, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Looking to fund capital requests... "
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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.... "
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Washington Womens Foundation

Seattle, WA

7 Survey Respondents


" It is extremely competitive, and unfortunately, because the grant decisions are made by voting by the members, some causes (kids, for example) are mor... "
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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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Headwaters Foundation For Justice

Minneapolis, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" The Community Innovation Grant is exactly that--an opportunity to try out something new. So go ahead: think outside the box.... "
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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.... "
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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... "
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Meyer Memorial Trust

Portland, OR

6 Survey Respondents


" Good luck trying to figure out what they want to fund. Even after talking to staff, their priorities are so vague, wordy, undefined and jargon-filled... "
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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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Securian Foundation

St Paul, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" Securian is pretty straight-forward. They are responsive if you call or email. Grants are smaller, but it's not an onerous process.... "
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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.... "
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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... "
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Best Buy Foundation

Richfield, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" A lot of work to put the application together, and they ask for a lot of financial details... "
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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... "
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Denver Foundation

Denver, CO

5 Survey Respondents


" Talk to one of their program officers before applying. They should be able to help find where your programming fits best in their funding priorities.... "
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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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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... "
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Longview Foundation For Education In World Affairs & Intl Understand

Washington, DC

5 Survey Respondents


" 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... "
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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... "
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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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Pierce Family Foundation

Chicago, IL

5 Survey Respondents


" It's best to have a preliminary phone conversation to describe your need for the funding request and to see if your project is an area that they a... "
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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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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Princeton, NJ

5 Survey Respondents


" RWJF had a frustratingly complex and overly bureaucratic process. I did not prepare or negotiate the proposal but had to execute and report on it whi... "
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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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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... "
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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... "
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Travelers Foundation

St Paul, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" Note that program officer with whom we worked retired in 2017 - so this info is somewhat out of date. We were funded 3 times, each for $10K or less.... "
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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... "
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