Mardag Foundation

Location: 101 5th St. E, Ste. 2400 St. Paul MN 55101

EIN: 41-1698990

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Phone: (651) 224-5463

Fax: (651) 224-8123

Website: www.mardag.org

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Important Information

2017 Deadlines: January 4 and July 12

Types of Grants Awarded: Project and Capital

Geographic Focus: East Metro and Greater Minnesota

Interests/Priorities

The Mardag Foundation supports issues concerning the welfare of children and seniors, the arts, and community development of Saint Paul. The Foundation’s primary geographic focus is the East Metro, which includes Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties, as well as Greater Minnesota.

Grantmaking is focused in these priority areas:
• Improving the lives of at-risk families, children, youth and young adults, with an emphasis on early childhood development.
• Supporting seniors to live independently.
• Building the capacity of arts and humanities organizations to benefit their communities.
• Supporting community development throughout St. Paul.

Key Personnel

Vice President of Community Impact: Ann L. Mulholland

Associate Vice President of Community Impact: Nadege Souvenir

Director of Community Impact: Carrie Jo Short

Director of Community Impact: Stephanie Battle

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2015

Total Assets: $53,933,697

Total Grants: $2,517,761

Change in Assets FY 2015: -5%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 100%

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in 2015

Largest Grant: $75,000

Smallest Grant: $5,000

Average Grant: $20,000

Top descriptors for this funder

5Responsive4"Gets" nonprofits and issues4Friendly3Openminded2Builds relationships2Culturally sensitive2Insightful2Positive leader in the field1Gives more than money1Likes site visits

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Mardag Foundation

Oct 13, 2017

Reviewer 385 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The application process was clear, and we had a delightful visit with the program officer to share some more information about our project. He was thorough, professional, and competent.

Pros

Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Oct 16, 2017

Thank you for the review!

Aug 23, 2017

Reviewer 373 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

This was a wonderful foundation with which to work. They provided generous input prior to the grant writing, asked clarifying questions after it was submitted and I felt did everything possible to advocate for our success. Their final report was fair and their support along the way professional and very helpful.

Pros

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

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Aug 23, 2017

Thanks for the review!

Aug 23, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Give them a call to ensure that your program matches their mission. Don't give up if you meet their mission, "no" does not mean "no never".

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Aug 23, 2017

Thank you for the review!

Jul 18, 2017

Reviewer 515 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Connecting with the program officer first is key - to discuss application concept/strategy. The Foundation has an east metro focus; be sure to review their giving priorities. They typically don't provide funding year after year.

Pros

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

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Sep 01, 2017

Thank you for the review.

Jul 11, 2017

Grant Applicant

Appreciate Mardag's willingness to take on complex on-the-ground-solutions in St. Paul. Pretty specific, project oriented though, which can be difficult as we adapt and grow with community support and input.

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Sep 01, 2017

Thank you for the review! We acknowledge your concern about project-based support and are always looking for options to work with organizations on better partnerships.

Jun 16, 2017

Reviewer 625 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Great folks to work with! I called them at short notice, right before applications were due. I was not expecting much, but explained our situation (dire need to replace a vehicle) , was told, "If you've already got a grant written for this [we had several, fortunately], submit it." Did so, and was fully funded! The grants officer who called to review the grant was really thorough and asked great questions.

Pros

Friendly, Responsive

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Sep 01, 2017

Thank you for the review! We're glad you had a good partnership experience with us.

Jun 15, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Mardag Foundation is very open and communicative. They have specific areas of focus. They are very responsive to phone inquiries. They make as many follow-up calls as they need to truly understand your needs. You can feel that they truly want to understand your application so they can best communicate your application to their governing board.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Mardag Foundation

Sep 01, 2017

Thank you for the review! We appreciate your feedback.

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