3m Foundation - Saint Paul, MN - 20 Survey Respondents
"3M Foundation favors supporting organizations across different giving streams. We have a board member who works at 3M, and engage more employees in gr"
Andersen Corporate Foundation - Bayport, MN - 10 Survey Respondents
"Reach out to the foundation if you have any questions! They are amazingly responsive and direct!"
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 - 23 Survey Respondents
"Although we weren't funded in this cycle, we have been funded in the past. Someone form the foundation emailed us to let us know, and made themsel"
Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Inc - Charlotte, NC - 17 Survey Respondents
"Near impossible to understand how to get a larger grant. Seem to match the guidelines in a significant way, but gift stays (at best) low and flat year"
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 - 17 Survey Respondents
"My biggest criticism of this funder is that their grantmaking is opaque. They have a list of grantees they work with and if your organization is outsi"
Blandin Foundation - Grand Rapids, MN - 19 Survey Respondents
"We have had a relationship with Blandin since May 2018. We were turned down from a grant but given access to much needed consultation. Since that ti"
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"
Boeing Company Charitable Trust - Chicago, IL - 6 Survey Respondents
"Puget Sound leadership is a total disaster and the Seattle senior manager possesses bad judgement. At the 2019 STEM Summit she was bragging about Boei"
Bothin Foundation - San Francisco, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"We had a site visit from a board member and program officer. One hour tour and review of our application. Went really well, I think they were impresse"
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 First Foundation - Arvada, CO - 40 Survey Respondents
"Community First Foundation was so quick to respond in the midst of covid. Our nonprofit received funding that was bridge the gap of funding that was"
Community Foundation For Monterey County - Monterey, CA - 9 Survey Respondents
"Foundation staff are very approachable and helpful. Foundation has donor-advised funds as well as general funding opportunities, technical assistance"
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 - 30 Survey Respondents
"Reach out and have a conversation with the team at Colocation America. They provided good insight as to what they are looking for."
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 - 7 Survey Respondents
"The are the most unresponsive foundation I've ever dealt with. Sending them an LOI is like dropping it into a well so deep you never hear it hit"
Frey Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"This proposal takes longer than it looks. Plan enough time."
Greater Twin Cities United Way - Minneapolis, MN - 12 Survey Respondents
"they have simplified grant processes and are very responsive during application."
Gilroy Foundation - Gilroy, CA - 26 Survey Respondents
"The application was very straight forward and easy to fill out even during a 2020 crazy year."
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 - 6 Survey Respondents
"We have been funded by this organization for multiple years. They are great to work with and have an easy to use online process. I wish more funders h"
Hugh J Andersen Foundation - Bayport, MN - 12 Survey Respondents
"Their director was very approachable--definitely call or email first. They have been very transparent throughout the process."
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."
Kenneth King Foundation - Denver, CO - 6 Survey Respondents
"Check their guidelines/ requirements for applying to be sure your organization is/would be eligible for funding."
M J Murdock Charitable Trust - Vancouver, WA - 72 Survey Respondents
"This application is a lot of work, so good to be sure your project is a good fit"
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"
Medica Foundation - Minnetonka, MN - 12 Survey Respondents
"They are accessible, but their RFP process and application / reporting requirements are massive time-sucks. More importantly, they are in love with th"
Medina Foundation - Seattle, WA - 11 Survey Respondents
"We have never applied this is our first time because we were told too by FESS. We find the application dates confuse us if we applied to the correct p"
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"
Mary’s Pence - Saint Paul, MN - 23 Survey Respondents
"The Mary's Pence Foundation encourages and desires regular contact with potential grantees and current grantees throughout the cycle. They were su"
McKnight Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 16 Survey Respondents
"McKnight Foundation, (Vibrant & Equitable Communities) "we do not make grants for basic social services; health services"(Total foundation ass"
Northland Foundation - Duluth, MN - 6 Survey Respondents
"The Director of Grantmaking makes snap judgments about potential grantee organizations based on assumptions that are inaccurate, without nuance and ig"
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"
Nellie Mae Education Foundation - Quincy, MA - 68 Survey Respondents
"I would suggest speaking with the grant manager in advance so you know exactly what they are looking for."
NextFifty Initiative - Denver, CO - 7 Survey Respondents
"Their application is very straightforward and the timeline from aapplication to award to receipt of payment was quick and communication throughout the"
Otto Bremer Trust - Saint Paul, MN - 43 Survey Respondents
"After reading the other comments here, it seems your experience may vary greatly depending on who you get as a rep. I will say that I've had two d"
Open Road Alliance - Washington, DC - 60 Survey Respondents
"Its is key to be able to communicate clearly the roadblock you are facing and that you are confident you will, not only overcome it with their help, b"
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"
Peery Foundation - Palo Alto, CA - 35 Survey Respondents
"While I have had a tremendously positive experience working with the Peery Foundation to date, I am concerned that they have recently let go all of th"
Petco Foundation - San Antonio, TX - 7 Survey Respondents
"You must participate in adoptions with Petco to be eligible for funding. You must also promote them to adopters."
Peter & Elizabeth C Tower Foundation Tr - Getzville, NY - 13 Survey Respondents
"The Tower Foundation is professional, transparent and caring in its process to apply and in its engagement with grantees. They ask great questions an"
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 - 13 Survey Respondents
"The program officers with whom we worked are exceptionally collaborative. It didn't feel like they were making us jump through hoops to get fundin"
Pollination Project Foundation - Berkeley, CA - 12 Survey Respondents
"Read their requirements first to see if you are a good fit."
Racine Community Foundation Inc - Racine, WI - 36 Survey Respondents
"They are very responsive and willing to assist in giving guidance on the grant application if needed. The application is very straightforward and doe"
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"
Richard M Schulze Family Foundation - Minneapolis, MN - 20 Survey Respondents
"They are a great foundation to work with! Easy to communicate, application process is also very easy and straightforward."
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."
Saint Paul & Minnesota 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"
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"
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 - 10 Survey Respondents
"Your application is a shot in the dark. Don't count on the foundation to communicate with you."
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 - 9 Survey Respondents
"they will understand your needs."
Solano Community Foundation - Fairfield, CA - 20 Survey Respondents
"Process to apply was easy."
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."
Tipping Point Community - San Francisco, CA - 7 Survey Respondents
"Very arduous application and data tracking metrics. Application consisted of over 20 requested documents, with multiple requirements for large data up"
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 Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity - Somerville, MA - 6 Survey Respondents
"Feel free to ask questions or for clarifications from Effing: they’re very helpful!"
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 - 7 Survey Respondents
"Make sure that ideas align with funders' priorities"
W K Kellogg Foundation - Battle Creek, MI - 7 Survey Respondents
"The online application is a nightmare. Various prompts appear as you move through 17 pages; prompts are not always clear or specific to what you just"
Wal-mart Foundation - Bentonville, AR - 11 Survey Respondents
"Go elsewher for funding. Not worth the time and trouble."
Walter And Elise Haas Fund - San Francisco, CA - 24 Survey Respondents
"Incredibly active, engaged, and knowledgeable team - deeply tuned in to the needs of the community. Very responsive, active, personable!"
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 - 31 Survey Respondents
"I am a newbie to foundationland. I didn't know the application process. I didn't even know there *was* an application process. The WFF Exec"
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 - 12 Survey Respondents
"This funder is a caricature of inefficient philanthropy, and tends to spends its time and resources theorizing instead of deploying resources to empow"
We Raise Foundation - Itasca, IL - 11 Survey Respondents
"We Raise is very open and friendly. They understand the power dynamics as a funder and seek to level the playing field as much as possible to understa"