Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Location: 6889 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie, 55344 MN

EIN: 20-5434405

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4Bureaucratic4Difficult to work with3Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues3Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field2Risk averse2Worth the time to pitch1Culturally incompetent1Not worth the time to pitch1Unclear objectives1Likes site visits

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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Nov 08, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Not worth spending time on - it is a closed process that remains a mystery. We received funds out of the blue and were told not to reach out for more funds.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Oct 26, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

We received an out of the blue large gift from them, we think because of press coverage we received - no application. Not able to engage them at all for ongoing funding at all, though. We were delighted to receive it but their process is a mystery.

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Oct 22, 2018

Reviewer 5016 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I can't speak to the process of getting on MACP's radar, but as a staffer who inherited the burden of reporting - I can honestly say this is the most time-consuming, bureaucratic grantmaker I've encountered in the nation. I understand that they give big $ but it's almost cruel - the level of catering your non-profit staff must devote in order to report is breathtaking; we had to devote 3 FT people to monitoring JUST the MACP reports every - single - quarter. They want phone calls, online dashboards, narrative reports, attachments that crept close to 50.

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

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Feb 07, 2018 2

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.

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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.

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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

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This funder does not have an application process.

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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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