Union Bank Foundation

Location: Po Box 45174, San Francisco, 94145 CA

EIN: 54-2178792

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1Bureaucratic1Culturally incompetent1Difficult to work with1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Risk averse1Likes site visits

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Union Bank Foundation

Apr 02, 2018 1

Reviewer 110 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Their on-line application is very straight forward. I like that they give you a word count rather than a character count. And, they give you enough words to really tell your story.

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Mar 29, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

While the application is relatively straightforward, though time-consuming, the foundation wants you to have a connection with a Union Bank employee. Our connection was a director, senior level VP and described the process, wherein the foundation asked about a relationship with our organization as "extremely invasive," that made our connection feel quite shaky about their employment with the bank. Though we applied several times, and the foundation staff seemed encouraging, ultimately we were brushed off in the most unprofessional way possible. This is definitely NOT a funder for people doing deep social justice work with communities of color. If you are a mainstream white savior organization trying to help the "less fortunate" through the bank's focus on banking and development, you'll probably be successful.

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Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Aug 25, 2017

Reviewer 889 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The staff at their local branches are very friendly and open to building partnerships, but don't seem to be connected to the grantmaking process. Read their guidelines closely, because they have a lot of details on their web site, and each program area has very different requirements.

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Jul 19, 2017

Reviewer 297 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Try to talk with the person who runs their SF giving. She's great. Very straightforward, very open.

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Feb 07, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Asked for a report over a year after the program year ended, gave a month deadline with no prior notification.

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