Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Location: 6600 France Ave South, Suite 550, Minneapolis, 55435 MN

EIN: 20-0752440

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8Responsive7Friendly7Likes site visits5Builds relationships5Openminded5Positive leader in the field3"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Insightful1Culturally incompetent1Gives more than money1Risk taker

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Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Apr 04, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Contact the foundation - they are very approachable and willing to discuss a potential LOI. Also be aware of their LOI process and timings.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Apr 05, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, we are glad to hear that you’ve had a positive experience with our process and with getting your questions answered.

Dec 13, 2018 1

Professional in the field

Do not approach this foundation if you have a mission focused on POCI communities. Coming from an organization that is embedded within such communities, we were encouraged not to speak about our work in such terms and to instead focus on strictly on socioeconomic status. In an initial meeting with a Senior Program Officer, they made the assumption that we had a high number of undocumented participants because of our numbers of African and Hispanic participants, and was visibly less interested in our work because the majority of our participants are POC.

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Culturally incompetent

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Dec 13, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback and we are sorry that this was your experience. We are disheartened to read this because it does not reflect our values or approach as a Foundation. Our grant making programs support many organizations that work primarily and extensively with communities of color. We invite you to visit our website to review our lists of grantees and for more information about our work and our values.

Jun 11, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Request feedback on whether your idea is good fit before you submit application.

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Risk taker, Insightful, Friendly, Likes site visits, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

Thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

Jun 08, 2018

Reviewer 7611 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Reach out to a program officer before applying if you have questions about fit, etc. They do want to help and we have found their advice helped us to craft a competitive proposal. They are also very into using SMART objectives and provide great resources on it.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Likes site visits, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

Thanks for your feedback, we are glad to hear that you have found our process to be user friendly and our website and program officers to be helpful resources.

Jun 08, 2018

Reviewer 1480 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

There are clear guidelines for the proposal, including using SMART goals. Our initial conversation with the program officer was very helpful. They recommended that as a new grantee, we apply for program funding rather than general operating funds.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

Thanks for sharing your positive feedback.

Jun 01, 2018

Reviewer 9914 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Well worth the effort to apply if you are a match for their interests, which are pretty broad. No games with them.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

Thanks for your feedback, we are glad you've had a positive experience.

May 25, 2018 3

Reviewer 9258 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The program officers are amazingly friendly and great to work with. You need to have strong, clear, measurable outcomes to succeed, but they will help you articulate those.

Their LOI is actually more like a grant proposal, and their grant proposal is just a few small additions to the LOI. It's a weird set up, but it works for them, I guess.

My one frustration with them is that they don't do a great job on front-end communication. They have changed their deadlines every year for the last few years and never communicate the changes to their grantees besides posting on their website. When approached about this lack of communication, their response is that they expect that people will just constantly pay attention to their site. As we know in nonprofits, no one has time to constantly pay attention to one funder's website and still do our work. A simple announcement out to your grantees would not be that difficult, especially since you use an online grant portal and have everyone's email addresses.

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Gives more than money, Friendly, Likes site visits

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

We appreciate your honest feedback about our deadlines and your ideas for improvement with regard to communication about grant cycle deadlines. Our business processes are routinely reviewed, and we strive to be as clear as possible to all organizations interested in RMSFF. We are working with our founding family to see if we can project future board meetings and cycle deadlines farther in advance--we’re hoping that will help.

May 21, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The character limits are really tight on the LOI and application--it forces you to (overly) simplify your message.

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Builds relationships, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

We strive to be responsive to our grantees, so we appreciate this feedback. We also appreciate your feedback related to character limits, and we will review our LOI and Application form settings with this input in mind.

Jan 02, 2018

Reviewer 6235 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Foundation runs a clear and simple process that really reduces burden on applicants. They start by being close to the community they seek to fund - they do much leg work up front, so they are clear what they seek to accomplish. The LOI makes the process more accessible, and once invited, we found the full application to be straightforward, relevant and pretty simple to complete. They didn't ask repetitive questions - they focus on the work and the impact in a very clear and simple way.

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Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

Thanks for your response! We are glad to hear that you found our process to be accessible and straightforward.

Jun 16, 2017

Reviewer 388 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Make a personal connection. See if you can get a site visit or conversation about your impact in the community.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jul 17, 2018

We are glad you had a positive experience with RMSFF and found your site visit to be beneficial. Funding increases and the likelihood of funding increases varies depending on the nature of the request and the foundation’s history with an organization. We encourage you to be in touch with your program officer to discuss this possibility further.

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