Mary’s Pence

Location: 275 East 4th Street #510, Saint Paul, 55101 MN

EIN: 36-3556481

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14Builds relationships13"Gets" nonprofits and issues13Culturally sensitive13Responsive11Friendly9Gives more than money8Positive leader in the field7Openminded6Insightful4Risk taker3Likes site visits

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Mary’s Pence

Feb 18, 2020

Reviewer 9303 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Very accessible, ready to answer any questions, open and easy to speak to.
I advice the grantees to call the foundation before you apply.
They understand that grassroots, smaller non profits leaders have v little time on their hand and are often wearing all the hats.

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

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Feb 11, 2020

Reviewer 6229 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

My advice to a colleague would be to take advantage of their webinar.

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Culturally sensitive, Responsive

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Feb 11, 2020

Thank you for your comment. We offer a webinar about Mary's Pence Grants where we describe how to apply, our grants criteria, and our review process twice each year. These are offered two months before our grant due dates (February 1 and August 1). We announce the webinar date and time on our website and social media accounts. It is a great way to learn more about how our process works.

Feb 06, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Mary's Pence is the most woman-focused funder we have encountered. They address social justice issues with none of the rigidity of other funders in that arena. Their approach is simple, logical and well-organized. They are incredibly accessible and supportive in their interactions with applicants but also in their funding processes. They listen carefully and they are responsive.
We are a very small, fiscally-sponsored agency and we have received about 6 foundation grants per year over the past decade. Our experience with Mary's Pence is the best we have had with any funder.

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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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Feb 06, 2020

Reviewer 2956 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Our organizations became aware of the grant opportunity through the outreach of one of the board members. Our advice would be to contact one of the board members to begin the grant conversation.

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Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Feb 06, 2020

Thank you for your review. If interested in applying for a grant or to find out more about Mary's Pence Grants, please reach out to our grants manager Robyn Browning. Her info is on our website and she would love to talk with you about your project.

Feb 06, 2020

Reviewer 3513 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Straightforward and easy application. You can either apply for general operations or project based support.

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Feb 05, 2020

Reviewer 2065 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Mary's Pence encourages early submission of grant applications and they are willing to give feedback on the narrative. I highly recommend an early submission. I did this and got good feedback. Even if the organization does not receive a grant from Mary's Pence, the feedback helps us write stronger narratives.

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

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Feb 06, 2020

Thank you for your review. We actively welcome draft proposals for review before submission for feedback. If interested in receiving feedback, please reach out to our grants manager Robyn Browning.

Feb 03, 2020

Reviewer 4984 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Information on the website is very clear regarding the eligibility and application process.

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Builds relationships

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Jan 31, 2020

Reviewer 9130 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

This was one of the most pleasant and helpful experiences I have had with a funder. Extremely generous with their time and advice. Very willing to work with me on the grant process. Excellent overall.

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Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Jan 30, 2020

Reviewer 1815 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Mary's Pence is community oriented and the funding is mostly for projects that are macro rather than micro.

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Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Jan 16, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Make sure to read the guidelines and confirm that you fit the criteria; be prepared to put in some hours as questions were very specific.

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Jan 17, 2020

Thanks for your feedback. Our grant application includes specific questions that pertain to why the proposal fits Mary's Pence criteria. The guideline for the 5 questions that we ask in the narrative section is that they be answered within two pages. We appreciate the time applicants take to describe their projects.

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