Mary’s Pence

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

EIN: 36-3556481

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8Builds relationships7"Gets" nonprofits and issues7Culturally sensitive7Responsive6Gives more than money5Friendly5Positive leader in the field4Openminded2Insightful2Risk taker1Likes site visits

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Mary’s Pence

Oct 30, 2019

Reviewer 5872 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Make sure you are in the month and time of the grand awarding time.

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Builds relationships

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Oct 31, 2019

Thank you for leaving this feedback. We have two funding cycles each year. Grant applications are due August 1 and February 1. We review applications and make our funding decisions within 3 months of these dates. Please note that we welcome applications at any time.

Jun 25, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

You have to have a program that supports women in the U.S. Although we were told we could reapply for a program in Haiti, they did not fund us in 2018 or 2019.

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Jun 25, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Mary's Pence funds organizations that are based and operate in the U.S. and Canada. We used to fund organizations outside the U.S. and Canada and when we changed this several years ago we "grandmothered" in previous grantees who wanted to reapply for funding. Although we invited this organization to reapply, we did not end up funding them because their program did not meet our social change criteria.

Jun 14, 2018 1

Reviewer 1166 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Be sure that your grant request is specifically designated to benefit women and primarily women of color. If your grant is requesting funding for a project or program of a larger organization with multiple projects, it would be wise to separate your project's budget (at least on paper) so that your specific projects will have a small enough budget to be considered. In our case our program funding is separated from the budget of the larger organization. If the larger organization were requesting the funds, Mary's Pence would not have granted us the funds for our small leadership project.

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Jun 15, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Mary’s Pence funds women led projects that are inclusive of all women who are working on issues that marginalize women. Currently we fund organizations with budgets under $200,000. If an organization is under that limit, but is not a 501(c)3, a fiscal sponsor can be helpful but is not required. If you do have a fiscal sponsor we seek clarity about the relationship to ensure that we are not directly funding organizations larger than our criteria limit. The size of the fiscal sponsor is not considered, provided the relationship is clear. The organization budget and project budget of the organization doing the work, helps us understand how the funds will be used. We are happy to talk about your specific situation ahead of an application process if it is helpful.

Jun 13, 2018

Reviewer 415 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Attend the grantmaker's information session. It's a great way to figure out what their goals are, past recipients, etc. I also had a chance to meet the Executive Director, made a personal connection and had one:one time to explain to our work. It was a great conversation and solidified that we were a fit to apply.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Responsive

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Jun 12, 2018

Reviewer 3175 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They are interested in social change. Their application is very user-friendly. They are very reasonable and responsive.

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

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Jun 06, 2018

Reviewer 6553 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This small foundation is committed to programs that are for women and a good match for new organizations that may struggle to get grants from larger foundations. Mary's Pence is willing to take a risk with a smaller, newer organization.

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Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jun 05, 2018

Reviewer 2740 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The application is listed on their website and is very straight forward. We had no relationship with them before applying and therefor didn’t have anyone lobbying on our behalf with Mary’s Pence and we’re awarded a grant solely on the merit of our application. If your mission is aligned with that of Mary’s Pence, you have a good chance of getting a grant.

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

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Jun 05, 2018

Reviewer 7896 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Read up on the grantor's interests and other work to get a sense of what they do. Be sure to explain any social justice work that you are doing in your organization and how you are not just meeting a need, but helping others to become self sufficient and independent.

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

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Jun 05, 2018

Thanks for your feedback! Twice per year we offer a teleconference to prospective applicants so that they can learn about our application process. We're also available to talk through applications at any point in the process.

Jun 05, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This is a funder who pays attention to their grantee's needs and challenges. They genuinely want to partner with you to achieve your mission and will do much more than write you a check.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Response from Mary’s Pence

Jun 05, 2018

Thanks for your feedback! We seek to partner with our grantees to help support them as they build capacity and move towards sustainability.

Apr 07, 2018

Reviewer 2440 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be sure that you can demonstrate that your philosophy matches theirs. It is good to show how you are compatible.

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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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