Oregon Community Foundation

Location: 1221 Sw Yamhill St Ste 100, Portland, 97205 OR

EIN: 23-7315673

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3Friendly3Positive leader in the field2Responsive1Bureaucratic1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Builds relationships1Insightful1Likes site visits

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Oregon Community Foundation

Apr 23, 2019

Reviewer 8872 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Definitely contact ahead of time, but willing to communicate with new projects and at least give a clear answer if your project won't fit. The application is long, but doesn't require any out of the ordinary applications. Generally a good return on investment if your organization is mid-sized and has some good evaluation on active programs.

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

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Feb 22, 2019

Reviewer 9646 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

OCF seems to like project grants over general operating support.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Jan 07, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Thoroughly read their guidelines and don't try to make your application fit; it either does or it doesn't. Follow the stated requirements.

It is worth it to apply for a community grant even if you don't receive the award. The staff take the basic information from your grant and create a list of fundable projects that they then share with their donors. It is a good way to start getting in front of donors you don't know but are interested in your area of work.

For the really large grants, it is about relationships with individuals connected to the OCF so if you work for a small or lesser known nonprofit, you have a steep challenge.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic

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Oct 05, 2017

Reviewer 884 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be prepared for a long process from grant submission to a decision so be sure your project is out that far.

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Aug 29, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I would definitely suggest a meeting/call with an OCF program officer before applying. OCF has many funding categories and it's not in anyone's interest to apply without vetting ideas/proposals to make sure there might be a match.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly

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