3m Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 19 Survey Respondents
"Best to try to contact them maybe once. They are not open to continued contact. Also, ensure you have an “in” by having someone who is employed"
Andersen Corporate Foundation - Bayport, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"This foundation is absolutely wonderful to work with. They are very open to all requests and are very diligent in their choices. Open to speak with"
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 - 11 Survey Respondents
"To be honest throughout the application and funding process. Open and honest dialogue. Example, if anything needs to be changed including spending b"
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Inc - Charlotte, NC - 15 Survey Respondents
"Local bank branch staff are not aware of the grants process. You must establish a relationship with the regional director. Unfortunately, that is very"
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"
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."
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"
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 - 19 Survey Respondents
"Requested to meet with ED to discuss proposal, found my requests went unanswered."
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 - 11 Survey Respondents
"Review RFP and ask questions if needed."
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 - 11 Survey Respondents
"Hugh J. Andersen is a favorite funder - staff is approachable and friendly and they fund general operating grants. This was my second year applying, a"
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 - 14 Survey Respondents
"They may say that they're working towards racial, social, economic equity but in reality--that's not reflected in their funding (it's a o"
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 - 41 Survey Respondents
"Understand your needs and have the ability to communicate them."
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 - 10 Survey Respondents
"You have to have a program that supports women in the U.S. Although we were told we could reapply for a program in Haiti, they did not fund us in 201"
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 - 42 Survey Respondents
"Otto Bremer Trust is easy to work with, explicit and approachable for information about their foundation and what they fund. They do their due diligen"
Open Road Alliance - Washington, DC - 44 Survey Respondents
"Understand its funding criteria and openly discuss them with ORAs team."
Patrick & Aimee Butler Family Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 8 Survey Respondents
"Program staff is great, they provide good guidance for what they'll fund, and they take time to learn from their grantees. Plus they show up at ev"
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 - 7 Survey Respondents
"Pierce focused its giving on organizations that serve the homeless community. Foundation staff are responsive and give honest assessments of its givin"
Pohlad Family Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 12 Survey Respondents
"The Pohlad Family Foundation is one of the best foundation's to work with! I would recommend reaching out to one of their program officers to talk"
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 - 18 Survey Respondents
"Check application deadlines frequently, as they change sometimes."
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 - 19 Survey Respondents
"The Executive Director is very helpful if you have any questions and the grant application is straightforward and easy to fill out."
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 - 10 Survey Respondents
"Schism between young, woke staff and board. Getting over the first hump puts your application in peril with the second."
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"
Siouxland Community Foundation - Sioux City, IA - 7 Survey Respondents
"To get started I went on-line and got their phone number. I gave them a call and told them what we had in mind and they encouraged me to apply. Ques"
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 - 18 Survey Respondents
"Looking at their website it is pretty clear what each of the funding categories are intended for with examples and other information. I do enjoy spea"
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 - 7 Survey Respondents
"Check online."
Telligen Community Initiative - West Des Moines, IA - 7 Survey Respondents
"It's best to have a discussion before proposal development."
The Ahmanson Foundation - Beverly Hills, CA - 8 Survey Respondents
"Love that this foundation is willing to step up and support capital or technology projects that others won't touch - They aren't worried about"
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 - 10 Survey Respondents
"Be aware of their funding priorities. If you are uncertain, call them."
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"
United Way Of Washtenaw County - Ann Arbor, MI - 6 Survey Respondents
"Definitely talk to staff before applying--they are very approachable. In particular, we appreciate their commitment to equity."
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 - 14 Survey Respondents
"The Foundation changed its funding priorities several years ago and is now very narrowly focused on what they will fund. Under their equity lens, they"
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"
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"