Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Location: 6889 Rowland Road Eden Prairie MN 55344

EIN: 20-5434405

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Phone: (952) 540-4053

Fax: (952) 540-4051

Website: www.macphilanthropies.org/macfoundation/

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Important Information

2017 Deadlines: Accepts proposals by invitation only

Types of Grants Awarded: Project, Capital only under special cicumstances

Geographic Focus: Global

Interests/Priorities

The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is still developing specific programs, which will guide future grantmaking.

Programs under development will provide assistance and support to:
• Arts and Cultures: Preserve and promote arts and culture, including that of Native Americans. While there are aspects of the overall Arts and Cultures Program still under development, one subprogram, Native Arts and Cultures, is under way and will soon expand to the Upper Midwest.
• Environment: Preserve and promote sustainable use of the environment. The goal of this program is to enable local communities to sustain healthy ecosystems that perpetuate biodiversity and the ecosystem services that support human well-being.
• Disaster Relief & Recovery: Prevent and relieve suffering. This program supports domestic and international efforts, focusing both on disaster response as well as developing systems to lessen disaster impact. Internation-al programs will most likely focus on capacity-building as well as development issues of sustainable agriculture and water.
• Additional programs include: Animal Welfare, Quality of Life,Legacy & Opportunity, and Teachers. See website for more details.

Note: The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for support.

Key Personnel

CEO Emeritus and Board Chair: Christine Morse

President and CEO: Paul Busch

Vice President of Programs: Terrence Meersman

Managing Program Director: Robyn Hollingshead

Managing Program Director: Elizabeth Sullivan

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2015

Total Assets: $2,869,851,875

Total Grants: $115,458,253

Change in Assets FY 2015: -6%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 21%

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Top descriptors for this funder

2Bureaucratic2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2Worth the time to pitch1Culturally incompetent1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Risk averse1Not worth the time to pitch1Unclear objectives1Likes site visits

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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Feb 07, 2018 1

Did not apply

This is a completely inaccessible foundation. There website says you can contact them but the bounce back says they don't accept unsolicited proposals. There seems to be no way to get in front of them, even if you fit their guidelines/interests.

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Nov 27, 2017 2

Reviewer 112 - Did not apply

This foundation is closed to working with the community. Applications are not accepted and it is very unclear how they select organizations to work with. While our non-profit perfectly aligns with one of their funding areas, we have not been invited to apply despite a lot of time and effort in talking with foundation staff.

Cons

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

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Oct 04, 2017 3

Did not apply

Best of luck trying to understand this foundations process or priorities.

Cons

Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Jun 15, 2016 4

Other

This funder does not have an application process.

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Likes site visits

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Jun 15, 2016 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

It was very confusing to approach them- they did not seem to know who I should talk to, or what their funding priorities were, or if we were even eligible.

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Not worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

I have not applied yet. But have you applied to Cargill and do you know their process?

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Worth the time to pitch

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Jun 15, 2016 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

I have no idea what is going on with the Cargill Foundation! A lot of areas are still "under development" and it would be great to learn more about what is going and how we can apply for funding to those areas.

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Unclear objectives

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

They are great to work with, don't stress out about the pitch it is laid back, but professional

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Worth the time to pitch

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