Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Location: Po Box 2316, Princeton, 08543 NJ

EIN: 22-6029397

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2Friendly2Responsive1Bureaucratic1Difficult to work with1Builds relationships1Culturally sensitive1Openminded

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Feb 21, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

RWJF had a frustratingly complex and overly bureaucratic process. I did not prepare or negotiate the proposal but had to execute and report on it which was hellish. The program officer demanded we set up monthly meetings then would routinely not show up to them or cancel them minutes before hand. I requested an adjustment to the allocation--in writing--and received an approval from the PO in an email, which I saved. The approval was later rescinded because I did not include the grant number in the subject line of the email and it didn't get processed. This resulted in the project not being able to access all of the funds approved.

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Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Feb 20, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

You need to have a personal relationship with this organization and I would recommend allowing several years to develop this relationship before seeing any funding. Our experience was a little different - we were funded via an award the foundation presents. I honestly think our win was based on a personal relationship rather than an honest evaluation of our programming impact. We have been able to have additional conversations about the future but they have been vague and I do not currently see a strong enough fit with what we do to what they are funding. Wish the program officers were more forthcoming about what they see in the future. Feel a bit strung along.

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Oct 09, 2017

Reviewer 305 - Professional in the field

If you are in, this is great money. If you are looking to the Foundation to spend their money on evidence based work with strong accountability you could be disappointed (depending on the program officers and program.)

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Aug 30, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Be prepared to give credit to RWJF for all the work they fund you to do.

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Friendly, Responsive

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Jun 30, 2017

Reviewer 851 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

A personal introduction opened the door for us as a new grantee.

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Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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