Meadows Foundation Incorporated

Location: 3003 Swiss Ave, Dallas, 75204 TX

EIN: 75-6015322

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1Bureaucratic1Difficult to work with1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Risk averse1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Builds relationships1Friendly1Gives more than money1Openminded1Positive leader in the field1Responsive

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Meadows Foundation Incorporated

Apr 15, 2019

Reviewer 1636 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Have a meeting first - and then be prepared to answer questions completely unrelated to your nonprofit, and/or your request.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with

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Sep 17, 2018

Reviewer 4523 - Professional in the field

Be sure to have all your ducks in a row before you begin the process. And ALWAYS try to contact a program officer to discuss your grant app instead of using the online form. They will generally steer you away if the grant is not a fit rather than wasting all that time on a very large and somewhat onerous application.

My experience with applying from multiple different nonprofits has been very frustrating. They seem to want a "Goldilocks" proposal ... where you are not so broke that they think you may not stay open, but not so well funded that you "don't need their money." They also can be very exact in how they fund: they don't want to be more than 10-20% of a project and they want to be "last money in." The latter can be hard to understand because they don't want to call it a challenge grant, it seems.

For one nonprofit, the process dragged on for nine months or so. Our financial status changed a few times based on other grants that came in / declined, and the grant reviewer felt uncomfortable recommending us for funding since our stability was unclear. We were ultimately declined.

Like many large foundations, they are inundated with proposals, so they are in the business of saying "no."

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Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Jul 19, 2018

Reviewer 3804 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This is a very in-depth proposal, and don't be surprised if they ask a lot of follow-up questions. Do reach out before you begin to speak to a staff member.

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

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