Medica Foundation

Location: 401 Carlson Parkway, Minnetonka, 55305 MN

EIN: 41-1812461

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7Responsive6Friendly6Openminded4"Gets" nonprofits and issues4Insightful4Positive leader in the field3Builds relationships2Gives more than money2Likes site visits1Culturally sensitive1Risk taker

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Medica Foundation

Oct 19, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The Letter of Inquiry is more 'detailed' than the typical LOI. You really need to have the program well planned and thought out. They also clearly know the overall issue (e.g. national, state) and prefer you to focus sharing need data specific to your community.

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

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Response from Medica Foundation

Oct 31, 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience. We value your input and feedback. You are correct, we have a two-step application process starting with an initial application rather than a traditional LOI. The initial application is an application and more detailed than a standard LOI as you mentioned. We will make an extra effort to communicate this to potential applicants in our next funding cycle so they can prepare. We are glad you took the time to learn more about why your proposal was declined. We encourage applicants to contact us to learn more and how proposals can be strengthened and more competitive in the future. These conversations can also help determine if our grant programs are a fit for your work. We know writing grant applications is a lot of work and want to be respectful of your time and effort. Thank you for your input!

Oct 15, 2018

Reviewer 1186 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Very easy people to deal with. Give them a call to discuss your program and they will advise if meets their requirements and answer your questions.

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

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Response from Medica Foundation

Oct 17, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you had a positive experience in getting your questions answered through the application process. It is always a challenge to make funding decisions but we make an effort to take geography, program approach, population served, issues addressed and other factors into consideration to make a meaningful impact with our funding. Thank you!

May 07, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The LOI is more like a full proposal. Definitely more work than your usual two pager format

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

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Response from Medica Foundation

May 08, 2018

We appreciate you taking the time to review us. We have a two-step application process that starts with an initial application rather than an LOI. We try to be clear about our approach in communication with prospective grant applicants and will make an effort to emphasize this point in the future so others know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Thank you for this helpful feedback.

Aug 30, 2017 1

Reviewer 918 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The Medica Foundation usually has a workshop to discuss all of their grant opportunities and they are very helpful. They will take a phone call and are also responsive to emails.

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Friendly, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Medica Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Glad you found the workshops helpful. Thanks for your feedback. 2018 workshops will be announced early in the year.

Aug 23, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Medica Foundation is one of the few that offers a simple grant program for up to $5,000 toward capital expenses. They are very responsive and easy to work with.

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Response from Medica Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We feel it is important to help programs outside the metro area meet the health needs of their communities.

Jul 18, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Medica has a very liberal interpretation of "health", which is nice. I'm only familiar with their Core Mission Support grant application, which is pretty straightforward and uncomplicated.

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Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Medica Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback. We aim to streamline the application process as much as possible so it is nice to hear that it is not overly cumbersome from the user perspective.

Jun 15, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

If you fit their mission and focus Medica is very willing to consider your needs. They have a $5,000 operating grant program that is very simple to apply for.

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

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Response from Medica Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

We appreciate you taking the time to review us. We are always happy to discuss potential fit with our mission and how we can support the good work organizations are doing.

Jun 15, 2017

Reviewer 954 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Meet with them or one of their employee committee members to get a feel for how to frame your request.

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Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Medica Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

We encourage organizations to call or email us with questions to help determine fit and strengthen proposals. Thanks for your feedback!

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