Location: 770 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, 01701 MA
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Grant Applicant - applied in 2018
Online eligibility questionnaire, then LOI, then full app if invited.
Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic
Applied and not funded
Please communicate with grant applicants and answer emails.
Grant Applicant - applied in 2017
TJX is one of those opaque foundations where all communication happens through the online LOI/application portal or through an "info@" e-mail. I was surprised (and psyched!) when they funded our agency two years in a row, but even when they were funding us they didn't seem to want much communication.
The LOI process is easy and painless so worth taking the chance, but our experience is that they aren't really interested in deeper relationship building.
Current or former grantee
Funded for lesser amount
They focus on basic needs, but don't fund staff salaries which is tough. All agencies that work to meet basic needs rely on quality staff to be successful.
Make your contacts at the foundation less anonymous-- it helps us nonprofit folks tremendously to know we can connect with a real human rather than a do-not-reply e-mail.
They are awesome at keeping their grant reports short and sweet! They also funded us for 2 years in a row, which really helped our program grow.
Reviewer 6099 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018
The TJX Foundation requires an LOI before doing a full application, which is great. However, they claim to not be able to let you know if your LOI is NOT chosen. But they don't post a date by which you should hear if your LOI is chosen. They ALSO make it clear that they don't want you to contact them about the status of your LOI. So...if you have a pending LOI, you just...keep....waiting.
Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic
Grant currently pending
They provide no guidelines of how long you will have to wait to hear back on your LOI and they make it clear they don't want you to contact them. This lack of communication makes it difficult for nonprofits.
If their goal is to string nonprofits along while they make up their minds, they are killin' it.
Post something on your website that says, "We will contact you to invite a full proposal by [XXX date]. If you don't hear from us by then, we were not able to move your application forward at this time."
Requires an LOI first.
More than 15
Grant Applicant - applied in 2016
It is unfortunate that their online grant system is fraught with bugs and glitches. Their tech support insists the problem is at our end rather than trying to help us fix the problem and access our application. Furthermore, a phone call to the Foundation is futile. You will hear a recording that says, "Due to a high volume of callers, please email your questions to . . ." We are not getting a satisfactory response from their tech support on email. Very frustrating!
Difficult to work with
Current or former grantee
Funded for amount requested
We were funded over a year ago. Unless the Foundation fixes its broken links, we will not be able to reapply for funding. I presume the TJX Foundation is accomplishing its current goals.
Fix your website! Please care about your grantees and potential grantees by helping them access your online system instead of denying that there's a problem.
Less than 5