Location: 345 E Alameda St, Santa Fe, 87501 NM
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Reviewer 9113 - Professional in the field
They are very interested in collaborations, large scale/statewide impact, and capacity building in the non-profit field - meaning larger, social-service organizations tend to fare better in their highly competitive application process.
For small organizations without a full time grant writer, the application can be extremely challenging. Even organizations with a development team find this application to be among the more time consuming. While word counts are short (75 - 200 word limits), the FY2018 application had 20 short answer questions, not including the basic organizational status information.
Sample Application Questions:
- Describe the organization’s vision for its work, explaining the “big picture” and timeline that frame this vision. Tell us what the organization’s role is within this framework. What are the organization’s core strategies for making the biggest difference within the broader field? [200 word limit]
- How does the organization’s work uniquely challenge conventional approaches and create significant, long-term systemic impact? [150 word limit]
- What is innovative about the organization and its work? What aspects could serve as a model that is replicable and scalable?
[100 word limit]
Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Bureaucratic
Professional in the field
They have limited staff and limited time. They generally do not take meetings with potential applicants/community members. If they want to meet, they will reach out to you personally. However, you can email or call them and leave a message if you have a question about the application. They tend to be slow in responding.
The McCune Foundation is one of the biggest funders in the state of New Mexico, and therefore wields a lot of power to shape the missions and projects organizations are able to pursue. To use a nonprofitaf.com reference - The McCune Charitable Foundation is the Game-Maker in the New Mexico "Non-profit Hunger Games" - They state that they are interested in 'risk taking,' 'innovation,' 'diversity,' and 'community relevance.' I think they accomplish these goals in some areas, and fall short in others. They tend to fund the same or similar organizations year after year and are highly unlikely to support start-ups, new ideas, or pilot projects. In the areas of Economic Development, Health Care, and Local Food Industry McCune they do a great job selecting strong organizations that are representative of communities. However, in the areas of Arts and Community Engagement, Education Transformation, and Capacity Building in the Non-Profit Sector, they fall short - selecting organizations that are less representative of, (even problematic towards) the surrounding communities.
- Shorter application - and a shorter waiting period to hear back. Six months between the application deadline and the grant announcements is excessive. - Take risks on smaller, less established organizations, small/pilot projects, and start-ups as a means to inject some fresh ideas, innovative thinking, and a new, younger generation of leaders into the non-profit community.
There are often organizations that experience a bit of "mission drift" as they work to fit within McCune's increasingly narrow scope. Don't do that!
They give to many, many deserving organizations. They give sizable grants, usually between $5,000 - $20,000, which is meaningful support, especially in rural communities. The support they provide to health care, economic development, and agriculture organizations plays an important role in filling gaps for low income families and communities.