Ford Foundation

Location: 320 E 43rd St, New York, 10017 NY

EIN: 13-1684331

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2Bureaucratic2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Friendly2Positive leader in the field1Risk averse1Builds relationships1Culturally sensitive1Gives more than money1Insightful1Likes site visits

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Ford Foundation

Mar 19, 2019 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

My experience is that if you let them believe that they are really smart and know more than you do and that they helped shaped the proposal, you can get them to fund it. That said, some of them are really smart about housing and development -- they just seem to have forgotten that they are no longer practitioners in MY field -- they are now practitioners in philanthropy and maybe they should work at being just as good at that.

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Friendly, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Jan 07, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

My experience with program officers has been uniformly unpleasant, unlike virtually every other foundation with which I deal. Talk with development person at funded sister organizations to get insight on which program officers to approach (each focus area has several), and get that person to also do an e-intro first. Very difficult to get a meeting unless you know someone there, or an ally does and is willing to promote you to a Ford person.

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

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Dec 07, 2018

Reviewer 3637 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Get your ED in the same room with their program officers and schmooze schmooze schmooze. As far as I can tell it's the only way.

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Oct 22, 2018

Reviewer 5016 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Take the time to study their website and past grantees. They are pretty clear about what they fund and if you fit, do whatever it takes to cultivate a relationship with the program officers!

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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

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Aug 17, 2018

Reviewer 7956 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

It is difficult to communicate with the foundation.

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

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Mar 22, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Know that their focus areas are changing are quite a bit and just how is not always clear from external communications alone. Talking with current staff and understanding new priorities will be key.

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Positive leader in the field, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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