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 field3Culturally sensitive3Positive leader in the field2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2Risk averse2Responsive2Unclear objectives1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Friendly1Insightful

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San Francisco Foundation

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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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)


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

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