Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Location: 6889 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie, 55344 MN

EIN: 20-5434405

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5Bureaucratic5Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field4Difficult to work with4Risk averse3Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues2Worth the time to pitch1Culturally incompetent1Not worth the time to pitch1Unclear objectives1Likes site visits

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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

May 03, 2019

Did not apply

Although the grant officer we worked with was personable and did a site visit, the application and reporting process as well as the amount of influence over programming and strategy the foundation expected in return was excessive. We elected to pursue more trusting partners.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Apr 25, 2019 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This is a potentially important funder that has alienated many worthy organizations with their relentlessly bureaucratic approach. The notion that we were working together to improve an issue was never carried out in practice. Instead, we filled out report after report -- with no feedback. Another person described their reporting process as "cruel" That was exactly our experience.

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

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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 2

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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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

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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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