Otto Bremer Trust - Saint Paul, MN - 37 Survey Respondents
"Site visits are part of the application (approval) process, but they're invaluable. The knowledgeable staff of Otto Bremer Trust ask intelligent q..."
Open Road Alliance - Washington, DC - 35 Survey Respondents
"This is an invite only application and best to discuss with them beforehand your current need and situation...."
Peery Foundation - Palo Alto, CA - 32 Survey Respondents
"Have a call first then spend time on proposals..."
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..."
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...."
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..."
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..."
Wells Fargo Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 25 Survey Respondents
"They are not very responsive. Another funder suggested we contact them to see if they were interested in ideas that seemed consistent with their guid..."
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..."
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..."
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...."
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...."
3m Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 17 Survey Respondents
"We have been building a relationship with 3M for several years and have had several of their leadership teams to our site for tours over that time. We..."
Solano Community Foundation - Fairfield, CA - 17 Survey Respondents
"Make sure you have the current application and follow all directives...."
M J Murdock Charitable Trust - Vancouver, WA - 16 Survey Respondents
"Make sure you are fully grant ready before submission. This foundation is very thorough in their pre-award vetting process and wants to see clear alig..."
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..."
Mcknight Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 14 Survey Respondents
"McKnight is a well-known and popular funder so their process is competitive. You really must meet with a Program Officer before applying for the first..."
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...."
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Seattle, WA - 12 Survey Respondents
"first research, then call...."
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..."
Pollination Project Foundation - Berkeley, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"Read their requirements first to see if you are a good fit...."
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..."
Peter & Elizabeth C Tower Foundation Tr - Getzville, NY - 11 Survey Respondents
"All the PM's at Tower are there to support you even at the LOI phase. Once you get past the LOI your assigned PM becomes part of your team and is..."
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..."
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 - 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..."
Margaret A Cargill Foundation - Eden Prairie, MN - 10 Survey Respondents
"Not worth spending time on - it is a closed process that remains a mystery. We received funds out of the blue and were told not to reach out for more..."
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..."
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...."
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..."
Bingham Program - Augusta, ME - 9 Survey Respondents
"I have always had a call prior to applying. It was very helpful...."
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..."
Greater Twin Cities United Way - Minneapolis, MN - 9 Survey Respondents
"If you have a solid history of operations, four years of financials and access to tracking expansive demographics, I’d apply. A three year grant des..."
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...."
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..."
Richard M Schulze Family Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 9 Survey Respondents
"Do not approach this foundation if you have a mission focused on POCI communities. Coming from an organization that is embedded within such communitie..."
The California Wellness Foundation - Los Angeles, CA - 9 Survey Respondents
"They are wonderful to work with and easy to schedule time with..."
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..."
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...."
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..."
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..."
F B Heron Foundation - New York, NY - 8 Survey Respondents
"Heron thinks at a systemic level, so understand how your work will influence the system you are trying to change...."
Medica Foundation - Minnetonka, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"The Letter of Inquiry is more 'detailed' than the typical LOI. You really need to have the program well planned and thought out. They also cle..."
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..."
Rock Island Community Foundation - Rock Island, IL - 8 Survey Respondents
"Provide clear detail about how your project serves Rock Island residents...."
Satterberg Foundation - Seattle, WA - 8 Survey Respondents
"Foundation held a local nformation meeting that was conversational and informative...."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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...."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
Headwaters Foundation For Justice - Minneapolis, MN - 7 Survey Respondents
"Headwaters is very intentional in the last their application process, and they are more genuinely open to feedback than any other foundation I've..."
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..."
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..."
The Ahmanson Foundation - Beverly Hills, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"Looking to fund capital requests..."
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...."
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..."
Best Buy Foundation - Richfield, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"Know that organizations in the Twin Cities are treated differently than organizations elsewhere in the country...."
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..."
Denver Foundation - Denver, CO - 6 Survey Respondents
"They are accessible but answers are often incomplete, their service areas are often very narrowly defined in a way that is unclear without serious dig..."
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..."
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...."
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 - 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..."
Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"Our organization has received funding for projects for several years. My experience with the program manager has extremely favorable -- helpful in cl..."
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..."
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...."
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...."
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..."
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&..."
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..."
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..."
Ford Foundation - New York, NY - 5 Survey Respondents
"My experience with program officers has been uniformly unpleasant, unlike virtually every other foundation with which I deal. Talk with development pe..."
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..."
Gilroy Foundation - Gilroy, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"Know that you are going to interact with a great organization...."
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..."
"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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
Rasmuson Foundation - Anchorage, AK - 5 Survey Respondents
"The Tier 1 program is a terrific option for requests up to $25K. Note, they are unlikely to fund staffing or operations...."
Rbc Foundation Usa - Minneapolis, MN - 5 Survey Respondents
"Call and have a conversation with the Foundation manager. She is very willing to help...."
Sand Hill Foundation - Menlo Park, CA - 5 Survey Respondents
"The staff is very responsive and open to phone and in-person meetings..."
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..."
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 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..."
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...."
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..."