Location: 185 Devonshire St Ste 600, Boston, 02110 MA
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Reviewer 5223 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018
Call or email. The staff is accessible and helpful with tips. The staff is good (enough). This is a very old-school foundation with "bow-tie" trustees, but the staff tries to connect with both worlds - old money bow-ties and practicing on-the-ground nonprofit organization staff of community organizations.
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Funded for amount requested
Probably are accomplishing goals. They are only funding capital and infrastructure requests which is fine. However, in past years, I had been advised when inquiring for a client that needed a new financial software system to handle their growth and replace outdated systems that - trustees will support "hardware but not software". ?? A new financial system that supports the organization's operations for the next decade is not a capital investment? Sounded like the "bow-tie" trustees making decisions may not understand what "software" is? Maybe this has changed, though?
Two pieces of advice: 1) The foundation now has a great online system. Why do they insist on hardcopies of financials postal-mailed or hand-delivered? This is unexpected (since there is an online system for the proposal) and so unnecessary. It causes hardship, extra work, extra money paying staff or consultants. These can be emailed or (as most online systems can handle) attached to the online application. No excuse. 2) One grantee I know got threatening sounding emails about "past due" reports THREE DAYS before the report was due. Even more insulting, the organization contact had spoken with the foundation contact about an extension on the project because it was taking longer than expected about a month before the report was due. This foundation needs to can their automated report reminders, or remember to cancel them if new information comes in from the grantee.
Make sure you have your act together fundraising-wise on a capital project before you make a proposal. This funder wants to see you have skin in the game (I can sympathize!) before you approach them. Half or more needs to be raised before they come in. But they are generous when they do! They favor established community organizations.
Open and accessible. Good web site, clear guidelines, easy-to-understand and reasonable application forms for the amount of grants offered.