Medica Foundation

Location: 401 Carlson Parkway, Minnetonka, 55305 MN

EIN: 41-1812461

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12Responsive10Friendly7Openminded5"Gets" nonprofits and issues5Builds relationships5Insightful5Positive leader in the field2Culturally sensitive2Gives more than money2Likes site visits1Risk taker

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Medica Foundation

May 04, 2023

Reviewer 7679 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

That whole "restricted program funding with new projects only" thing? It might sound like a great idea, but it's actually lousy for most non-profits and grantees.

This approach is essentially like forcing non-profits to be on a never-ending treadmill of new project proposals. Forget about sustaining their existing, 10-month-old initiative. Time to get back to churning out shiny new ideas just to keep the cash flowing. Is this how things should be set up to make a lasting impact? Does this reflect trust in the expertise of the people actually doing the work?

Don't even get me started on how this kind of funding just ignores the nitty-gritty of running a non-profit. You know, the unsexy stuff like paying the bills, keeping the lights on and making sure the staff can do their jobs. If all the funding is going to new projects, there's not much left for the backbone of the organization.

This is actually doing more harm than good. If I had to guess, the annual sum cost of hours and non-profit resources spent by the state's entire sector dealing with Medica - as grantees and applicants - far surpasses this foundations total annual dollars in grantmaking. We need to ditch it and start supporting non-profits in ways that actually help them make a difference.

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Response from Medica Foundation

May 10, 2023

We appreciate your feedback. Your input is relevant for conversations we are having as we plan for discussions with our board around changes for 2024. We look forward to making changes that are responsive to nonprofit needs. If you would like to discuss any of this in greater detail, we warmly welcome a deeper conversation so we can take into account your personal experiences and perspectives as we plan for the future.

May 07, 2021

Reviewer 7894 - Professional in the field

Medica Foundation has a wonderful video for grant seekers to watch which lays out their foundation priorities and tips for applying. This was INCREDIBLY helpful to learn from the Foundation about their priorities. In addition, they also have a Foundation Brochure which provides more information. I am excited to reach out to the staff to learn more as they seemed very welcoming of a phone conversation. Thanks Medica!

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Response from Medica Foundation

May 10, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are glad that our recorded webinar and Funding Opportunity Guide are helpful. It is nice to know these are useful to grant seekers.

Apr 29, 2020 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

They are accessible, but their RFP process and application / reporting requirements are massive time-sucks. More importantly, they are in love with the idea of restricted program funding with new projects every year, but have no idea how badly they are hurting non-profits that simply need to keep their doors open. Orgs wind up chasing money and creating new projects that then cannot be funded.

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Response from Medica Foundation

May 06, 2020

Thank you for providing your candid input. We are concerned that it took you 25 hours to complete our grant application since we have been making ongoing efforts to streamline our questions and process. We would like to learn more about this to see where we can do better. Respond through Grant Advisor if that is an option, or if you feel comfortable, please reach out to any of our staff members so we can learn from your experience and make improvements to our application process. Our funding model is not perfect for every nonprofit, but we do hope it is a good fit and beneficial for the vast majority of our grant partners. Thank you again for your feedback. We are taking it to heart.

Apr 03, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Call the funder first and make sure it seems likely that your project will be considered eligible before applying.

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Friendly, Responsive

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Response from Medica Foundation

Apr 03, 2019

Thanks for your input. We are happy to talk with grant seekers to determine fit with our programs and provide insight.

Mar 08, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Follow the guidelines, which are straightforward, and make sure to apply for the right area. We did not get funded the first year, but we were a good fit and applied again and received a grant.

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Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Response from Medica Foundation

Mar 18, 2019

Thanks for sharing your experience. You bring up an interesting point. Some projects might be a better fit than others so fit with our funding objectives might vary from year to year. A “no” one year does not mean another project down the road wouldn’t be an enthusiastic “yes”.

Mar 01, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The foundation staff is very approachable and accessible. Whenever we have questions about something grant related, we will reach out to them and get back to us quickly. Very easy to work with and the grant application process is straight forward.

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

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Response from Medica Foundation

Mar 04, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We strive to be approachable and helpful to nonprofits seeking funding and are glad to hear you had a positive experience.

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.

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