Mary’s Pence

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

EIN: 36-3556481

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20Builds relationships19Responsive18Culturally sensitive17"Gets" nonprofits and issues17Friendly14Positive leader in the field12Gives more than money11Insightful11Openminded7Risk taker4Likes site visits

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Mary’s Pence

Mar 24, 2021

Reviewer 6653 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

The application process is straightforward, and designed to support diverse applicants in the full expression of their own mission, goals and outcomes.

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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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Mar 24, 2021

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Feel free to call them to talk about your work and if they are a fit to fund you. The staff is very responsive by email and phone. They are easy to access.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Mar 19, 2021

Reviewer 4610 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Streamlined process, easy and wonderful for grassroots groups.

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

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Mar 18, 2021

Reviewer 3431 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

calls and emails responses are on time before I applied for the Grant. Grant follow up was perfect until it is finalized

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

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Oct 31, 2020

Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Mary's Pence is an organization living its mission by serving and empowering women leaders. I would recommend visiting their website and scheduling an informational interview before submitting an application.

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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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Oct 21, 2020

Reviewer 6528 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The Mary's Pence Foundation encourages and desires regular contact with potential grantees and current grantees throughout the cycle. They were super flexible in their funding during the pandemic and were open to program adaptation.

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Mar 09, 2020

Reviewer 8832 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

They are very responsive to new funders. They will meet with you to help explain who they are and what their guidelines are and due dates. They have been very helpful to us.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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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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