Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Location: 601 Marshall Road, Redwood City, 94063 CA

EIN: 45-5002209

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2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Bureaucratic1Difficult to work with1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jul 11, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

They don't think of themselves as typical funders; approach them as collaborators. On the plus side, staff are knowledgable, approachable, and many are caring and thoughtful. On the downside, expect micromanagement, needing to jump through many hoops & give much free labor. They seem blissfully unaware of the power dynamic. Occasional moments of tech bro culture.

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

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Jan 19, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

In addition to your original submission, selection includes peer scoring which takes a significant amount of time to provide helpful feedback to applicants.

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Jan 14, 2019

Reviewer 711 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Their staff are open for conversations, but are very bureaucratic (although they don't think they are). They make a big deal about being open to talking, then give canned responses.

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

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