Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Location: 6600 France Ave South, Suite 550, Minneapolis, 55435 MN

EIN: 46-5588406

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12Friendly12Likes site visits12Responsive9Builds relationships9Openminded9Positive leader in the field8"Gets" nonprofits and issues7Insightful3Risk taker1Culturally incompetent1Gives more than money

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Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Aug 22, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Check application deadlines frequently, as they change sometimes.

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Aug 21, 2019

Reviewer 2341 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The staff is helpful with offering advice, but the family/board really is the final decision maker on grants, meaning it could go totally any direction. Make it easy for the program staff and family to know and understand what you do. Also for site visits - sometimes fewer people is better, depending on the program staff. One person in particular definitely does better with a low-key site visit.

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Risk taker, Insightful, Likes site visits

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Jul 19, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

They have an LOI process but you can try calling before submitting the LOI to get a better feel of what they are interested in. That means if the LOI is due in October, don't wait until mid September to call if you want to talk first.

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

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Jun 11, 2019

Reviewer 9284 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Their process opens 2x a year, and requires an in-depth LOI. If you are selected, they then invite you to submit a short proposal. The only downside to their process is that they give very short notice to submit the proposal (but it's pretty quick), and that they have very low character limits on both online components.

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Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jun 07, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Be prepared for site visit.

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

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jun 28, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, we are pleased to learn about your positive interactions with the Foundation. We believe that site visits with current and prospective grantees are an important component to our funding process and appreciate that you value this experience as well.

May 24, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Talk to a program officer first. They were super open to a cold call and we were able to establish a relationship and submit a successful proposal.

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jun 28, 2019

Thanks for your positive review about your experiences thus far with our organization and your ability to establish a relationship with our staff. We are glad that you have found our processes easy to navigate and easy to complete!

May 22, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

The foundation is eclectic. It helps to talk with a program officer beforehand to figure out what the foundation is interested in. This has become increasingly important as the number of years that they have been giving out grants increases and their funds are increasingly committed or relationships already established with grantees.

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

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jun 28, 2019

We appreciate your positive feedback about your interactions with our Foundation staff and about your experience with our grant submission and review process. We will continue to make connections between our grantees when we can! Please know that we welcome organizations reaching out to us by calling our offices at (952) 324-8910.

Apr 04, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Contact the foundation - they are very approachable and willing to discuss a potential LOI. Also be aware of their LOI process and timings.

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

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jun 28, 2019

Thanks for your feedback, we are glad to hear that you’ve had a positive experience with our process and with getting your questions answered.

Dec 13, 2018 2

Professional in the field

Do not approach this foundation if you have a mission focused on POCI communities. Coming from an organization that is embedded within such communities, we were encouraged not to speak about our work in such terms and to instead focus on strictly on socioeconomic status. In an initial meeting with a Senior Program Officer, they made the assumption that we had a high number of undocumented participants because of our numbers of African and Hispanic participants, and was visibly less interested in our work because the majority of our participants are POC.

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Culturally incompetent

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Response from Richard M Schulze Family Foundation

Jun 28, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback and we are sorry that this was your experience. We are disheartened to read this because it does not reflect our values or approach as a Foundation. Our grant making programs support many organizations that work primarily and extensively with communities of color. We invite you to visit our website to review our lists of grantees and for more information about our work and our values.

Dec 07, 2018

Reviewer 4193 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Foundation interest areas are clearly defined and laid out on website to determine fit potential. Very great foundation to work with.

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

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