3m Foundation

Location: 3m Center224-05-n-40, Saint Paul, 55144 MN

EIN: 41-6038262

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10Builds relationships7Responsive7Friendly6Worth the time to pitch5Gives more than money5Positive leader in the field4Culturally sensitive4Openminded4Repeat funding3Difficult to work with3"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Bureaucratic

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3m Foundation

Oct 17, 2019

Reviewer 9284 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

3M Foundation favors supporting organizations across different giving streams. We have a board member who works at 3M, and engage more employees in group volunteer activities throughout the year. This leads to us being invited to apply for a grant; however this relationship is a double-edged sword at times. The grant invitation came less than 2 weeks before the deadline, involved multiple steps to even access the online application, and the application itself was very involved for the grant dollar amount (which they specify in the invitation).

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Aug 16, 2019

Reviewer 4069 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Best to try to contact them maybe once. They are not open to continued contact. Also, ensure you have an “in” by having someone who is employed by 3M speak on your behalf.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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May 03, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

3Mgives is very dedicated to enhancing the philanthropy experience for their employees. They align all of their giving (grants, in-kind, sponsorships) with employee participation. Best tactic is to engage 3M employees and encourage them to be advocates for your organization. It's benefited us in many ways - volunteerism, increased giving, constant in-kind donations, board leadership, and more.

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Culturally sensitive, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Dec 21, 2018

Reviewer 995 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

We have been building a relationship with 3M for several years and have had several of their leadership teams to our site for tours over that time. We have also helped them with some of their clinical studies, presentations, and helped them develop workshops and conferences. Getting to know their leadership lead to this grant being awarded.

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

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Feb 09, 2018

Reviewer 9181 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

3M has been a wonderful longtime partner. Start by building a relationship within the company.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Oct 26, 2017 1

Reviewer 160 - Did not apply

Huge lack of transparency and support regarding the application process. Our LOI was sent back undelivered, and we could not even get a response as to whether the local branch had closed or moved. Unless you have a personal contact, it may be very difficult.

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Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Oct 10, 2017

Reviewer 575 - Professional in the field

Probably not worth applying unless you have a contact within the company.

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Oct 04, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

We had an exceptional experience with 3M Gives team. WE had been pre-vetted by the time we applied, thanks to a staff member who approached us to support our efforts. Very proactive and friendly.

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Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017

Reviewer 952 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

ok

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Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 19, 2017 1

Reviewer 880 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

You do need an "invite number" from a local 3m person.

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Friendly, Openminded, Responsive

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