Otto Bremer Trust

Location: 30 7th St E, Ste 2900, Saint Paul, 55101 MN

EIN: 41-6019050

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Top descriptors for this funder

20Responsive18"Gets" nonprofits and issues18Builds relationships17Likes site visits16Friendly16Positive leader in the field15Openminded12Culturally sensitive10Insightful8Risk taker5Gives more than money2Culturally incompetent

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Otto Bremer Trust

Dec 07, 2018

Reviewer 4193 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Great foundation to work with - staff are extremely helpful and willing to answer any and all questions.

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Dec 04, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

To be successful it is best if you have a contact at the bank and discuss your proposal before submitting an application.

Pros

Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Dec 05, 2018

Thanks for your feedback. Grant seekers who have questions about applying for a grant should contact the Otto Bremer Trust directly.

Nov 27, 2018

Reviewer 3289 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This is a relationship funder although to prevent too much coziness they change up the grant officer. You must start a dialog with your assigned officer, they will give you valuable advice regarding what and how to write your proposal.

This funder may do multi-year grants.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, Friendly, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Nov 19, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

We were in communication with a program officer, went through the application process, and then were notified that the program officer wanted to conduct a site visit. This seemed promising. However, from the program officer's tone and line of questions during the site visit, it seemed very clear that she had no intention of recommending our proposal for funding. She didn't seem to like that our organization was a large one, as if we couldn't possibly need a grant. If Bremer doesn't want to fund large nonprofits, that is their prerogative. But why make a large nonprofit jump through their hoops only to decline the proposal.

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Nov 21, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about the Otto Bremer Trust.

Nov 17, 2018

Reviewer 2122 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

My experience with the staff at Bremer is that they are accommodating, plain speaking (including letting us know when we hadn't applied for enough!), and truly interested in learning about your project/program.

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Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Nov 21, 2018

Thanks for the thoughtful feedback.

Nov 16, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Our experience has been that Otto Bremer wishes to build a relationships with their grantees. This grant took more than a year of meetings, calls, reports, and emails - but it was worth it!

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Nov 21, 2018

Thanks for the feedback. We appreciate hearing from our grant applicants.

Nov 09, 2018

Reviewer 5060 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Developing a relationship with the program manager is key.

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Positive leader in the field, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Nov 09, 2018

Thank you for taking time to provide your feedback.

Oct 27, 2018

Reviewer 8568 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I have serious concerns with the organization's vetting process. I worked for a very irresponsible nonprofit organization that consistently was funded by Otto Bremner and did not have to make any improvements or provide any proof of what the nonprofit was using the funds for. After reading these comments I am shocked that any organization has been denied.

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Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships

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Jun 27, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

It is a bit of a formidable grant application but I think that's reasonable given the size of the grants. Although everything is online (application) I've had good luck reaching out to them via email or phone, I always get a timely response to my questions.

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Risk taker, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Jul 03, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about the Otto Bremer Trust.

May 31, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Everything is done on-line -- no communication or availability to speak with someone about your project.

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Bureaucratic

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Response from Otto Bremer Trust

Jun 13, 2018

Thanks for your feedback. The Otto Bremer Trust’s review process is described in the How to Apply section of our Social Return page. Grant seekers are always welcome to call and speak with program staff. Please visit ottobremer.org to find the program staff member who serves your region.

https://ottobremer.org/social-return/#How-To-Apply

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