Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Location: 6889 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie, 55344 MN

EIN: 20-5434405

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6Bureaucratic5Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field4Difficult to work with4Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues4Risk averse2Culturally incompetent2Worth the time to pitch1Not worth the time to pitch1Unclear objectives1Likes site visits

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Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Jun 05, 2019 1

Professional in the field

A collective groan went up when this foundation was mentioned in a Dec. 2018 gathering of several hundred Twin Cities grantseekers. And given their lack of response to the overwhelmingly negative comments on this site, it's obvious the people running this foundation couldn't care less about their public persona.

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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May 03, 2019 3

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 3

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 1

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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Response from Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Jan 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing, this is very helpful feedback.

Each year our board and committee members have the chance to recommend funding to individual nonprofits, and we match employees’ donations to qualifying nonprofits as well as make awards in recognition of staff milestone anniversaries.

If you did not expect your gift, it is possible that your organization received funds through one of these programs. These gifts are sometimes separated from the accompanying letter, and we apologize for any confusion we may have caused. We have recently updated the letters that accompany each grant to better express how and why a grantee was given these types of funds.

If you have additional questions, you are welcome to contact me directly at lhuber@macphil.org.

Thank you again for your feedback.

Leeanne Huber
Communications Director
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

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 3

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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Response from Margaret A Cargill Foundation

Jan 10, 2020

We appreciate your feedback, and I hope we can provide a little more context.

While we acknowledge and appreciate that many deserving nonprofits do important work within our priority domains, our programs have very specific strategies and geographic priorities, many of which are national and international in scope. Our invitation-only process focuses on organizations that our program teams have identified through extensive field work, site visits, and other research as those which have relevant expertise, infrastructure, and people in the field to address our program strategies.

As a sizable philanthropy that strives to have impact at a community level, we work most frequently with larger nonprofits that maintain relationships on the ground within communities our funding is intended to serve. In many cases, these partners serve as re-granters of our funds. This approach allows us to develop strong, long-term relationships with our grantee partners, but we realize it can make us a tougher match for smaller nonprofits seeking funding.

If you have additional questions, you are welcome to contact me directly at lhuber@macphil.org.

Thank you again for your feedback.

Leeanne Huber
Communications Director
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

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

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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