Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Location: 1250 Hancock St Ste 701n, Quincy, 02169 MA

EIN: 04-2755323

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18Culturally sensitive15Responsive14Positive leader in the field12Risk taker11Gives more than money11Openminded10"Gets" nonprofits and issues10Builds relationships9Friendly7Insightful4Likes site visits

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Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Feb 28, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

They made the application process easy compared to most funders. They were less proscriptive around page limits and format. They invited you to submit videos, photos, links anything that would show them what you do. They also encouraged you no to create content if you had stuff you could reuse for their application.Nice!

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Feb 28, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

I was pleased with the response time of the staff when I had a question.

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Feb 28, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Initially, I was a little surprised by the responsiveness of the funder. In a couple of phone conversations, I found them to be open to listening to who we were and they encouraging. Their grant application process was easy to navigate and much less stressful on our organization to apply than most grants.

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Feb 27, 2020

Reviewer 7606 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Plan ahead and collaboratively for the open ended approach of Nellie Mae's new method. It's definitely a lot more approachable as you get used to it, but at first it can be hard to think of best approaches if you are used to the common approach of "fill in box" and specific questions approach of most funders. And by collaboratively I mean stakeholders, board members and populations you serve, their input and vision can be very helpful.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Feb 27, 2020

Reviewer 4280 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

They should know to review the guidelines of the grant and what the grant is willing to fund.

They should know to have one to two people ready to review their grant after it is "completed".

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Risk taker, Responsive

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Feb 27, 2020

Reviewer 9857 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Ask lots of questions and get to know the funder. They are human. This funder seems to want to be more responsive. Take them at their word about wanting to support nonprofits doing important work in communities of need.

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Feb 27, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

I suggest speaking to an organization that has received funding from Nellie Mae in the past to get a sense of who they are as a funding organization.

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Feb 27, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The process is welcoming and straightforward. It’s helpful to talk to a program officer.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Feb 27, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is refreshing that Nellie Mae states that they are trying to simplify the application process, and want us to submit materials we have prepared for other grant applications. In this case, we had not applied for this type of grant before so needed to prepare a narrative specific to this grant.

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Risk taker, Culturally sensitive

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Feb 27, 2020

Reviewer 4167 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation encourages prospective applicants to reach out with any questions regarding the grant opportunity or the application process. We did, and they were very informative, helpful, and receptive to our thoughts/questions. I recommend you schedule a meeting.

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