Greater Twin Cities United Way

Location: 404 S 8th St, Minneapolis, 55404 MN

EIN: 41-1973442

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5Bureaucratic4Risk averse4Friendly3Insightful2Culturally incompetent2Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Likes site visits2Responsive1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Builds relationships1Culturally sensitive

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Greater Twin Cities United Way

Mar 07, 2019

Reviewer 8647 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The 2019 RFP was incredibly time-consuming. Many questions were redundant and the RFP guidelines did not mention the additional open fields that would be needed with the demographics, outcomes, and attachments. The financial attachments required four years' worth of manual input, plus the attachments stating the exact same information. The RFP did not have a section to explain the funding amount requested; they had one text field per portfolio where you could state the "amount of money this portfolio needs to accomplish its work." We included attachments that explained the breakdowns of our needs, as there was nowhere else to do this.
However, the site visit went well, and the representatives were very approachable and validated the work we do.

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Friendly, Likes site visits

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Jan 28, 2019

Reviewer 4158 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

If you have a solid history of operations, four years of financials and access to tracking expansive demographics, I’d apply. A three year grant deserves rigorous planning and submitting to more than one portfolio because of our large outreach took more time.

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Jan 26, 2019

Reviewer 5977 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

They are not easy to deal with. Good luck finding staff with experience in dealing with organizations that are new to them.

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Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Jan 21, 2019 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Be prepared for lots of tedium; RFP questions ask for the same information in different ways, and you'll need to collect and input extensive demographic and financial info, including copying and pasting 4 years worth of financial information (yes, really).

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Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Jan 19, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Huge changes at GTCUW, it's been a roller coaster ride and they don't have the funds they used to have, but still a good partner and one of the larger funders out there.

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Friendly

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Jan 17, 2019 1

Reviewer 2911 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The 2019 RFP was extremely repetitive, requiring the same information to be repeated in multiple ways, making it hard to put together an engaging application. The online portal is a huge burden on applicants - the latest application required manually inputting data from the 990 for instance, while still requiring the 990 PDF to be uploaded.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Jan 16, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I would make sure that they communicate in advance with the grant manager at the agency to make sure you are a good fit for the grant. No sense in wasting time writing and submitting an application when you do not align with the priorities of the funder.

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

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Jan 16, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Read the RFP early and go through the entire online application first. Some of what was in the online application was alluded to re a 'financial dashboard' in the handout but not shown in full. So that was a bit of a surprise if you are going thru the online application in order since financial dashboard was at the very end. However, the folks were wonderful in responding to questions. The narrative questions in the RFP were a bit redundant and as a grant writer that makes you wonder if you are missing something in 'intent' of funding.

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

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Dec 17, 2018

Reviewer 9777 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

United Way's application is complex. If you do not have experience responding to RFP's of this magnitude you will need to contact them for assistance likely more than once. Definitely vet your program with them for alignment before making the investment in time required by the application.

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Insightful, Bureaucratic

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Jul 29, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be wary of the United Way. They expect grantees to have a handle on finances, be fiscally sound and well managed, and yet their business model is clearly not working. I feel like our organization got caught in their inability to navigate their own business model.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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