NextFifty Initiative

Location: 2000 S. Colorado Blvd, Tower 1, Suite 5500, Denver, 80222 CO

EIN: 26-2700185

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11Responsive9Builds relationships8Culturally sensitive8Friendly8Openminded8Positive leader in the field7"Gets" nonprofits and issues5Gives more than money5Insightful4Risk taker1Culturally incompetent

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NextFifty Initiative

May 17, 2022

Reviewer 1212 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2022

Communicate with this funder often as the website guidelines might not always be up to date. Funder is very responsive and willing to work with the potential grantee to find a workable solution. In the application, be as thorough as possible, include in-depth details, and make sure to quantify all populations that will be impacted by the funding.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

May 18, 2022

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We’re glad to hear that you had a positive experience working with our team. Our intention is to be responsive and support applicants in submitting successful applications. We also hear your concerns about the frequency with which funding opportunities and requirements have changed during the past couple of years! Some of these changes have been made in response to feedback from grantees about what they need. Others have been in response to the work we are doing on updating our longer-term funding strategy. Once we’ve shared and implemented this new strategy, we anticipate less frequent changes to funding opportunities and requirements. Thanks again for letting us know what worked well for you and where we can improve!

Jan 21, 2022 2

Did not apply

Talk to Next50 before making decision to apply. They are very helpful in clarifying their priorities. The Flexible Support program sounds awesome and very worth exploring.

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Jan 21, 2022

We appreciate you taking time to write a review. You are right, we encourage interested applicants to talk to us prior to submitting an application. While not required, we have found these conversations to be an opportunity for learning, relationship building, and ensuring alignment. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any additional questions or would like to discuss further your organization's work with older adults. Thank you again.

Dec 17, 2021 7

Reviewer 3732 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2021

I think NextFifty Initiative fills a niche that is very needed. I have the sense that there is more opportunity for funds than maybe I dared to apply for. I think they are cutting edge. Think big! Don't be too shy.

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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 NextFifty Initiative

Dec 17, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, please do not be shy! Both in terms of reaching out directly and requesting the funding that you believe you need. Also, you are right--we do welcome hearing from potential applicants, grantees, and community members and thoroughly enjoy these opportunities for connection. Thank you for telling us how it feels to see some organizations receiving more funding than others. We do have an interest in funding rural organizations and we'll continue our own education about and outreach to rural areas.

Sep 21, 2021 6

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Make sure your mission alines with the mission of NextFifty before applying. Be direct and have a full plan for your project as they want things to be very detailed.

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Sep 22, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are always happy to support mission-aligned organizations but also will remain open to funding organizations who do not have a mission focused on older adults. Details are important to us and we are also learning to be more flexible in our funding and processes. We recommend contacting us with any questions or to speak with a Program Officer. Our email is info@next50initiative.org and we can be reached by phone at 303-547-1800. Thank you again for the feedback.

Sep 01, 2021 6

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

NFI is very responsive and gives clear feedback- I'd recommend contacting them about your proposal in advance of applying to get feedback on whether or not your project matches with their priorities.

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Responsive

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Sep 02, 2021

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We are always happy to discuss our funding opportunities and a proposal idea with interested applicants. Our email is info@next50initiative.org and we can be reached by phone at 303-547-1800. Thank you again!

Aug 07, 2021 6

Reviewer 2423 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Next Fifty Initiative is not only an incredible organization for the work they are doing, but the support they have provided to Steamboat Creates has helped us to thrive during two of the most challenging years of our organization's history (due to COVID).

We highly recommend working with Next Fifty Initiative. They are quick to respond, walk you through the process and reporting and are a pleasure to work with!!!

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

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Aug 09, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to share with us about your experience.

Jul 22, 2021 6

Professional in the field

We found the experience typical of capitalist Philanthropy.

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Culturally incompetent

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Jul 26, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We’re sorry you had a negative experience with us. We acknowledge that philanthropy has its flaws and, while we are working to address these flaws in some meaningful ways, we don’t get it right all the time. We value learning and are committed to continually learning from our grantees and others about how we can improve. We would be grateful to learn more about what led to your negative experience. There are two ways for you to do this. You can contact us by emailing info@next50initiative.org or by calling 303-547-1800 and we will get back to you to listen and learn from you. If you would prefer an anonymous option, you can write another review on GrantAdvisor and share more details about your experience and ideas for improvement. If you are willing to provide this information through either of these avenues, then we will discuss your feedback as a team and do what we can to improve. Thank you again for your candid feedback and taking the time to write a review.

Dec 10, 2020 6

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Love this funder. They are very responsive to questions and work on solutions to make the project work. Everyone at the organization is kind and passionate about what they do.

Pros

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

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Jan 04, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We are pleased to hear that we have been responsive and communicative, as these are a couple of our priorities. We are always seeking to improve our processes and application, so we appreciate your suggestion.

Oct 15, 2020 6

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Their application is very straightforward and the timeline from aapplication to award to receipt of payment was quick and communication throughout the project was responsive and helpful.

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Culturally sensitive, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Oct 15, 2020

Thank you for the feedback. We're very pleased to hear you felt the application was straightforward and processing was quick.

Oct 08, 2020 3

Reviewer 8977 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

It is advisable to speak to the program officers and learn as much as you can about the grant for which you are seeking funding. Make sure it aligns with funding priorities. My experience has been that the program officers are accessible, knowledgeable and genuinely want to help current and potential grantees. They can steer you in the right directions to enable you to make the best use of your time and efforts.

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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, Responsive

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Oct 13, 2020

Thank you for taking time to provide feedback. We are glad you found us to be accessible, as this is one of our priorities. We recognize that limited resources are available to support aging issues from philanthropy and we take seriously our role in supporting nonprofits focused on improving the lives of older adults. Furthermore, we appreciate you letting us know of the value of general operating grants for organizations like yours.

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