NextFifty Initiative

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

EIN: 26-2700185

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13Responsive12Builds relationships11Positive leader in the field10Friendly10Openminded9"Gets" nonprofits and issues8Culturally sensitive7Insightful6Gives more than money4Risk taker1Culturally incompetent

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NextFifty Initiative

Nov 14, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The NextFiftyInitiative is terrific. They fund short-term projects that involve direct service delivery, as well as support long-term projects that aim to transform how individuals and organizations address the aging population. The staff is supportive, the grant administration is well done. No complaints

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Nov 10, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2021

Read the website and grant application and review all tools before applying. Email the funder about your project idea and get suggestions and any feedback.

Pros

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

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Nov 10, 2022

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! We're glad to hear your experience with NextFifty Initiative has been positive. We work hard to be responsive and are glad to hear that you've found communication with our team to be quick and helpful.

Oct 17, 2022

Reviewer 4701 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2022

This is our first time working with NextFifty. We have been impressed with the support and training they offer. Over the year We have been with them updated with some of our goals and accomplishments, with short storie sand pictures. And If we had issue or concerned we could bring them up in our training sessions and zoom meetings.

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Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Builds relationships, Openminded

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Oct 17, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us! We are happy to hear your experience with NextFifty has been positive and that you were able to accomplish your goals with your grant.

Sep 15, 2022

Grant Applicant - applied in 2022

NextFifty is an excellent funding partner that communicates well and treats their grantees with dignity. They are among the most forward thinking grantors we work with - they have made changes like shifting to oral reporting and simplifying the grant application process.

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

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Response from NextFifty Initiative

Sep 19, 2022

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to know that our team has been responsive and that you have appreciated recent changes made to the grant application and reporting processes. Thanks also for your feedback regarding accessing the grantee login from the website. The buttons taking grantees to the portal were disabled when our most recent application process closed. We'll work on ways to make this easier in the future. In the meantime, you will receive an email with a link to access the grantee portal whenever we need updates or other information from you, so please check your email and let us know if you need assistance.

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 7

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.

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