San Francisco Foundation

Location: 1 Embarcadero Ctr Ste 1400, San Francisco, 94111 CA

EIN: 01-0679337

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5Bureaucratic5Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2Risk averse2Culturally sensitive2Positive leader in the field2Responsive2Unclear objectives1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Friendly1Insightful

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San Francisco Foundation

Jul 09, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Try and find someone to talk to there who can be a champion for you. Otherwise, it's pretty futile. Our program officer left, and we have not been able to connect with anyone there--no responses to emails, calls, etc.

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Mar 27, 2018

Reviewer 7851 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

What a mess. They'd never put up with an agency they fund treating its own clients this way. A confusing process, a confusing website, a hideous new application site. Really, truly awful to navigate. And while their commitment to equity is great, maybe a community foundation should reserve a portion of its competitive funding for projects suggested by...the community? It's funny that a funder committed to equity has created a thoroughly top-down process where they dictate all the priorities. How about something that's a little more equitable in terms of sharing power with your non-profit partners?

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Feb 20, 2018

Reviewer 1697 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

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

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Aug 18, 2017

Professional in the field

Recent reorganization of priorities shows responsiveness and dedication to equity.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Responsive

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Jul 12, 2017

Reviewer 758 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Read through the website thoroughly to ensure alignment. The Foundation is currently focused on advancing racial and economic equity, which feels broad, but if you read details on their website, you will see there are very specific goals and outcomes.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jun 22, 2017

Reviewer 152 - Professional in the field

Talk to a program officer to learn more about their goals and targets. Just because it appears that your project fits their guidelines, it is worth finding out if they have any more specific criteria that doesn't appear in the guidelines.

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Bureaucratic

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May 01, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

They have a very complicated internal process and sometimes they pass proposals around from desk to desk for months. Nobody wants a grant to come out of their own budget.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

They are very bad at communicating with agencies that want to apply to them. In our case, we were trying to find out if they were going to renew our donor-advised funding. We got absolutely no reply to multiple emails; then, out of the blue, a check came in the mail, with no explanation of what it was for or how they arrived at the amount.

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Funding received on time


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Unclear objectives, Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

They have very narrowly defined their funding objectives (which change every few years) and are not very open to thinking beyond those objectives. Plus, the program officer in our funding area is not approachable or friendly. They also have eliminated the open application round completely for 2016, and the previous model required extension documentation for relatively small grants ($10k)

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Unclear objectives, Only gives 1year grants, Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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