Samuel S Fels Fund

Location: 1528 Walnut St Ste 1002, Philadelphia, 19102 PA

EIN: 23-1365325

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12Builds relationships12Responsive11Culturally sensitive11Positive leader in the field10Insightful9"Gets" nonprofits and issues8Friendly7Likes site visits7Openminded6Risk taker5Gives more than money

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Samuel S Fels Fund

Jan 08, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Ask for a meeting with the funder to make sure the request of your organization aligns with Fel's priority areas. Fels leadership is extremely approachable and will support prospective applicants in both the application process (if applicable) and will more generally provide useful feedback and insight. Transparency about intention and effort is crucial on both sides of the equation: Fels is truly about building resources and support in their key funding areas and will be honest about applications that don't align.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Dec 26, 2017

Reviewer 7569 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Extremely personable leadership and staff; rolling deadlines for most of the grants are a plus; quick turnaround from applying to awarding; grateful for the focus on legal services

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Dec 22, 2017

Reviewer 3087 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I recommend meeting with the Director before applying, as I think it definitely improves your chances. In my experience, they are pretty open to meetings if your organization works in their priority areas. The new application process is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Dec 19, 2017

Reviewer 454 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Make sure your mission aligns with the Fels Fund's priorities. Be sure your application reflects the passion and commitment you have for your work! Understand your constituents and the context of your work in terms of the Philadelphia landscape and be able to clearly describe your work.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Dec 18, 2017

Reviewer 3428 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Dec 18, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Executive Director of the Fund is very approachable and also extremely helpful. I suggest calling and seeking an appointment. Your session will be most productive if you have at least the basic outlines of what you are seeking funding for and why you are seeking the funding.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 11, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Contact the fund staff—they are eager and willing to discuss opportunities for funding and, more broadly, feedback on your work.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Oct 10, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Fels Fund has recently shifting its funding priorities, so it's important to make sure you're up to date about their new priorities. Given that this was the first year of using a new online system, there were a few glitches. Most significantly for us, we never received an official invitation to submit the full proposal until after a site visit, by which point the deadline was only 3 days away. While Fels Fund representatives indicated that invitations had previously been sent electronically, there must have been an issue with the online grant system as we never received the online invitation. This meant we had to push very hard to meet the deadline at very short notice; although they were willing to extend it for us in recognition of the communication difficulties, we felt it was important to make the original deadline as we didn't want any special treatment.

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Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 09, 2017

Reviewer 974 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

A prospective applicant should definitely reach out to have a conversation about fit before applying. This is a very helpful process.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 09, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The team at Fels is extraordinarily responsive, thoughtful, and collaborative. Seeking a meeting prior to submitting a funding inquiry may be helpful, just to check alignment with Fels' current funding priorities.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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