Otto Bremer Trust

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

EIN: 41-6019050

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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

Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 995 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Our Program Officer is wonderful and very engaged with our mission and program. I understand this is the case with all of his applicants, not just us! Otto Bremer is specific in what they fund and will be direct with you about whether you are a good candidate, if you ask.

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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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Aug 29, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The program officers do a great job at building a relationship with grantees and other community partners. They really seem to view the relationship with grantees as a partnership to address community issues.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Aug 29, 2017

Reviewer 282 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Otto Bremer Trust has a very responsive staff and takes the time to get to know their grantees. They represent true and responsive philanthropy. Ahead of applying, take the time to research their guidelines, timelines, one-grant-at-a-time policy, etc...and then reach out to the foundation ahead of applying. Through their site visits with organizations they dig deep, ask good questions, and really try to understand the organization and/or program. I have great respect for the staff members and leadership of Otto Bremer Trust.

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

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Aug 29, 2017

Reviewer 211 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Otto Bremer Trust is very good about giving unrestricted funding. While it can be difficult to understand what they are looking for in proposals, they are generally very broad in their grantmaking and do not generally dictate much to grant recipients.

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Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Bremer's program managers are wonderful. They are smart, insightful, and have a deep understanding of the practical workings of non-profits. Be well-prepared for the site visit. We have worked with three different program managers and all three were great.

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

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Aug 28, 2017

Reviewer 209 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Keep applying. We did not get funding the first application. They meet with applicants in person!! The application, funding, reporting cycle is long-do not depend on funding from one year to the next.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 23, 2017

Reviewer 215 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Make sure the mission of your organization matches up well to OBT and their priorities. This is one of the top MN Foundations that is doing good in so many communities across the upper midwest. Take time to understand what Otto Bremer was all about. He really wanted to help build better communities. His foundation is walking the walk for Otto. He'd be very proud.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Jul 18, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Program officers are fabulous and straight forward - build a relationship. They need to fully understand the problem your organization is addressing and how you work. It's worth it to spend extra time making sure they understand what you do.

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

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Jul 07, 2017

Grant Applicant

Geographic match is key, then having a conversation with a program officer to understand their perspective on your work.

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Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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Jun 23, 2017

Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The site visit with the program officer is super important. They make your case on your behalf to the three trustees. After doing so, the three trustees shut the proverbial door and make their decisions. Often the program officers can provide no additional context or information on the result of funding decisions because they are excluded from that last step. Also, the Trust is using the word "responsive" a lot lately to describe their grantmaking. They're backing away from their former multi-year funding so that future commitments don't tie up their own charitable dollars and limit their ability to be "responsive" to needs of nonprofits in real time.

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Gives more than money, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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