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Bush Foundation

St Paul, MN

29 Survey Respondents


" Please see other comment. If you are in a marginalized population you might want to know MN culture. MN nice is often exclusive and not nice. And pass... "
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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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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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Otto Bremer Trust

Saint Paul, MN

22 Survey Respondents


" They've changed their program funding direction over time. If you don't meet their social program area exactly, don't bother to apply. A b... "
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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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The California Endowment

Los Angeles, CA

21 Survey Respondents


" Establish a relationship with a program officer and work together to find a fit. I've found that their program officers work closely to ensure suc... "
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Open Road Alliance

Washington, DC

18 Survey Respondents


" Understand Open Road's criteria for funding, have an initial call to see whether and how your project might align, be thorough, and be honest.... "
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Colocation America

Las Vegas, NV

17 Survey Respondents


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Wells Fargo Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

17 Survey Respondents


" Connections are key.... "
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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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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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Samuel S Fels Fund

Philadelphia, PA

12 Survey Respondents


" Ask for a meeting with the funder to make sure the request of your organization aligns with Fel's priority areas. Fels leadership is extremely ap... "
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Solano Community Foundation

Fairfield, CA

12 Survey Respondents


" If you're not approved the first time - try again. Also be willing to talk with someone and ask what you can do differently next time to earn app... "
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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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Weingart Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

11 Survey Respondents


" Very helpful staff in terms of helping you structure the proposal. They guided us as to how to write certain objectives and goals.... "
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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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M J Murdock Charitable Trust

Vancouver, WA

10 Survey Respondents


" This was the most laborious grant application I ever had to write. We had to jump through many hoops, had an extensive in-person visit, and then were... "
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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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Pollination Project Foundation

Berkeley, CA

10 Survey Respondents


" This is one of the most open application processes in the foundation world, and The Pollination Project is a funder who looks at early stage projects... "
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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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Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation

San Diego, CA

9 Survey Respondents


" The CEO has a bad reputation locally, in because he has repeatedly downsized, fired community members, and changed his strategy, to the point that not... "
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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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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA

8 Survey Respondents


" It is critical to have an inside view of their strategy. Everything flows from their own internal program goals. Recognize that when you are BMGF gr... "
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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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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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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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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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San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Try and find someone there to talk to before applying. And, if your contact leaves, good luck.... "
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The Ahmanson Foundation

Beverly Hills, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" Looking to fund capital requests... "
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The California Wellness Foundation

Woodland Hls, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" They can be a great partner. They get nonprofits and the need for core support. Their funding priorities, while prioritizing health, understand the co... "
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Foundation

St Paul, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" This foundation is very forward-thinking in their approach and focus areas. They are intentional about removing the power dynamics with their grantees... "
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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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Community Foundation Of The Lowcountry Inc

Hilton Head, SC

6 Survey Respondents


" Listen to the feedback provided. The team is easy to work with, accessible and seeks to understand the needs requested. They have a good handle on the... "
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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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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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Northwest Area Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" I have found the program officers with whom I've worked to be straight-forward, transparent, and very knowledgeable. I realize they don't have... "
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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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Pohlad Family Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" Working with the Pohlad Family Foundation has been an amazing and rewarding experience. The director is a visionary leader who really listens. Go in w... "
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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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Wal-mart Foundation

Bentonville, AR

6 Survey Respondents


" Don't waste resources applying unless you have a connection with someone at the foundation.... "
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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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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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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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Marbrook Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" Having a personal connection to or relationship with the foundation's executive leadership and/or board members will be directly correlated to you... "
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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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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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Satterberg Foundation

Seattle, WA

5 Survey Respondents


" They say they are looking for alignment with their mission, but they clearly have other priorities that they consider over mission-alignment that they... "
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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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Tipping Point Community

San Francisco, CA

5 Survey Respondents


" I find it offensive in the extreme that they promote the idea that 100% of donations to them go to grants. This hurts every other nonprofit. In fact t... "
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Tustin Community Foundation

Tustin, CA

5 Survey Respondents


" As long as you have all the details and numbers ready, the process is relatively simple. Great group to work with!... "
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