Samuel S Fels Fund

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

EIN: 23-1365325

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16Responsive15Builds relationships15Culturally sensitive14Positive leader in the field12"Gets" nonprofits and issues12Insightful11Friendly11Openminded8Risk taker7Likes site visits6Gives more than money

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Samuel S Fels Fund

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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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

Thank you.

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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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, there have been a few glitches in our system and we appreciate your patience with this process. We understand that glitches occur and try to be as flexible as possible with applicants when issues arise.

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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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

Thank you for your feedback.

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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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

Thank you. We are asking for ideas on how we can support our grantees beyond grant dollars. Please feel free to send your thoughts.

Oct 07, 2017

Reviewer 315 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Having a conversation with the Executive Director in advance of developing an application was definitely worthwhile.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

Thank you for helping us do our work better.

Oct 06, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The staff is helpful and want the grantees to succeed. They are open to conversation and helpful throughout the grant process.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Samuel S Fels Fund

Jul 23, 2018

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