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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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Bush Foundation

St Paul, MN

22 Survey Respondents


" Our organization has applied four times to this funder, and never made it past the first round. Each proposal - prep/discussion/ideation, writing, rev... "
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Durfee Foundation

Santa Monica, CA

18 Survey Respondents


" Durfee is not your average foundation - they will absolutely consider out-of-the-box ideas and, in fact, look for them! One important thing to know, h... "
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Otto Bremer Trust

Saint Paul, MN

16 Survey Respondents


" The program officer we interacted with was disrespectful, dismissive, and actively misinformed about some of the basic facts that inform our work. The... "
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The California Endowment

Los Angeles, CA

16 Survey Respondents


" CalEndow targets only specific geographic areas that are underserved in an effort to building wellness. Our arts program, because it was an outdoor ev... "
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Wells Fargo Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

13 Survey Respondents


" Like with many corporate funders, so much depends on having a Board member who is an executive with Wells Fargo to get sufficient attention to have yo... "
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3m Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

12 Survey Respondents


" ok... "
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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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Open Road Alliance

Washington, DC

12 Survey Respondents


" Think about your need and structure it thoughtfully, what problem do you have and what do you need to solve it, could there be several solutions?... "
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Charles K Blandin Foundation

Grand Rapids, MN

11 Survey Respondents


" The Foundation has a genuine "open door" policy making approaching them personally not only useful, but pleasant and non-threatening. Their r... "
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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

10 Survey Respondents


" "Of that $1.3 billion that flowed out the door last year, all but a sliver—$19.2 million, or less than 2 percent—came from funds that are held... "
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James Irvine Foundation

San Francisco, CA

9 Survey Respondents


" We were one of the last grantees in the Creative Connections Fund-Cultural Participation Category, and the two-year grant helped us establish an impor... "
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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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Solano Community Foundation

Fairfield, CA

8 Survey Respondents


" I found this grant to be a thoughtful and straightforward process. Read through the grant requirements carefully and spend a couple days thinking thro... "
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Weingart Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

8 Survey Respondents


" It was difficult to get funded through this funder. Couple of years - no success.... "
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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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Medina Foundation

Seattle, WA

7 Survey Respondents


" This foundation understands the importance of funding general operations, so there is no need to engineer the request to make it about a specific proj... "
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Sobrato Family Foundation

Cupertino, CA

7 Survey Respondents


" In general, Sobrato is very forward thinking. Supporting small organizations with space is a HUGE contribution in the Bay Area. Funding general operat... "
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U S Bancorp Foundation

Milwaukee, WI

7 Survey Respondents


" Like many corporate funders, getting serious consideration for your request depends heavily on having one of their executives involved with you organi... "
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA

6 Survey Respondents


" Find a person you know working for the foundation - at any level - but the most influential will be program officer and above. Also, sign up to be not... "
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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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Mardag Foundation

Saint Paul, MN

6 Survey Respondents


" This was a wonderful foundation with which to work. They provided generous input prior to the grant writing, asked clarifying questions after it was... "
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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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Pollination Project Foundation

Berkeley, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" The Pollination Project is one of the few funders which will help new nonprofits get started. The grant is only $1,000 but it's a base. They are... "
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San Francisco Foundation

San Francisco, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" Recent reorganization of priorities shows responsiveness and dedication to equity.... "
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The Ahmanson Foundation

Beverly Hills, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" Call before applying. The Program Officers are very receptive to calls and will let you know whether your project is a priority for the foundation... "
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The California Wellness Foundation

Woodland Hls, CA

6 Survey Respondents


" They are not super interested in being contacted by phone - just go ahead and send an LOI for them to review. Another way to start building a relation... "
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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Minnesota Foundation

St Paul, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" Read the guidance in order to clearly articulate your questions before calling.... "
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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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Hugh J Andersen Foundation

Bayport, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" It is very important to start early and build a relationship with their grants manager.... "
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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Eden Prairie, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" This funder does not have an application process.... "
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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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Medtronic Communities Foundation

Fridley, MN

5 Survey Respondents


" This is not an open foundation. Their giving is in health, which is aligned with their business aspirations. They do not actively seek proposals or in... "
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Pohlad Family Foundation

Minneapolis, MN

5 Survey Respondents


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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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