Target Foundation

Location: 33 S Sixth St Cc-1029, Minneapolis, 55402 MN

EIN: 41-6017088

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2Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field2Builds relationships1Difficult to work with1Risk averse1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Friendly1Gives more than money1Likes site visits1Openminded1Positive leader in the field1Responsive

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Target Foundation

Aug 22, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Check online.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with

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Aug 12, 2019

Reviewer 597 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Due to the announced shift in their priorities, it is hard to know what advice to give about this funder. Other reviews mention you need to make a connection with an employee or someone on the board, but I am curious about how they made that connection?

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Apr 05, 2019

Did not apply

They are currently doing a realignment of funding priorities. But in the past, unless you had an invite based on recommendation of a Target employee, it was impossible to break in. It was also impossible to reach someone from the foundation unless you had a contact already established.


Risk averse

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Apr 05, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Once Target is interested in funding your organization, you will probably get funding from them. It seems like once an invitation is issued you will almost certainly get an award. The trick is getting to that point. Foundation is completely non-transparent and inaccessible, so unless you have a direct connection via board or high up employee it is almost impossible to get an invitation to apply for funding.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Dec 07, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

For the most part it’s a fairly simple process if you are invited. The biggest issue was cybergrants did not work well, it was hard to find the correct contact person so resolve the issue. Lots of time spent on the phone and not being able to get connected to the needed person(s). It was stressful to not know if the online portal would be fixed in time to get everything submittedz


Builds relationships

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Nov 27, 2018

Reviewer 3289 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

You should know that Target is now saying that they will not fund more than 1-2% of an organizations budget.
You should know that Target is still funding general operations! Yay!


Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money

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Nov 17, 2017

Reviewer 680 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The program officers are very approachable, though busy and sometimes take a few days to respond to inquiries. Anyone considering applying should reach out first. There have been some changes in the staffing, so if you've worked with someone in the past, you may be working with someone new again this year.


Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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