Medina Foundation

Location: 801 2nd Ave Ste 1300, Seattle, 98104 WA

EIN: 91-0745225

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9"Gets" nonprofits and issues8Builds relationships8Friendly7Insightful7Likes site visits7Responsive6Openminded6Positive leader in the field4Gives more than money3Culturally sensitive1Risk taker

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Medina Foundation

Feb 20, 2018

Reviewer 9894 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Since The Medina Foundation understands the importance of unrestricted funds, who can write your grant to reflect all of your programs and services and how they are integrated to serve the communities need. It is a very holistic approach and a huge relief that they get the big picture of how non-profits work.

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

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Oct 23, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Staff are very accessible and actually welcome your questions. Review guidelines even if you've applied before; they seem to change fairly often.

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Gives more than money, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Oct 23, 2017

Reviewer 699 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

It is best to call and discuss your concept, in order to discern alignment. They are kind, helpful, and straighforward

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Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Sep 12, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This foundation understands the importance of funding general operations, so there is no need to engineer the request to make it about a specific project.

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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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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 31, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback! We appreciate your advice about providing leadership to the philanthropic community. Our staff works hard to advocate for best practices in philanthropy by speaking on panels, writing blog posts, and participating in funder collaboratives.

Sep 07, 2017

Reviewer 554 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Review the current guidelines even if there is a past relationship with the foundation.

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Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 27, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback!

Aug 31, 2017

Reviewer 539 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Ensure you have Board engagement in the development and application process. Metrics should be solid, with a strong logic model.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 27, 2018

We appreciate your feedback. Our application is designed to provide our staff and board with enough data to make an informed decision, ideally without being overly cumbersome or requiring information that won’t be used. We don’t require specific metrics or dictate what data needs to be collected, because the organizations we fund work in such widely differing capacities and through varying programs and strategies. However, we do ask organizations how they define and measure their success, and what results they see. While we do occasionally make strategic multi-year grants and recognize the importance of such funding, the fluctuation of our endowment and our interest in making sure we have funding available for new and emerging needs make it challenging for us to commit too much of our funding in advance.

Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 688 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

We have had a strong, on-going relationship with Medina. They are a very thoughtful funder, truly engaged and interested in the benefit of the grantee.

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

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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 24, 2018

Thank you for your feedback! Our ongoing partnerships with grantees help greatly in informing our understanding of the nonprofit fields and the issue areas we work in.

Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 933 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

This funder was incredibly kind and gracious throughout the grant process. During the site visit, we were able to have A productive, casual discussion on the needs of our community. I felt like they were genuinely interested.

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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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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 11, 2018

Thank you for your feedback! Our site visits are a chance to have open conversations with our grantees, who are the experts in the field, and learn more about the organizations, the programs, and the people they serve.

Aug 29, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Great working with them, very responsive and open!

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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 11, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit feedback! We value the open relationships we have with our applicants and grantees.

Aug 29, 2017

Reviewer 382 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

This is truly the first/last/only foundation that understands the predicament of 501 c 3 orgs. They help bolster internal functionings, they fund, "overhead," and everything else dismissed by most other funders. Thank you Medina for "getting it."

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Medina Foundation

Jul 11, 2018

Thank you for your feedback! We are strong supporters of funding general operating expenses, and our program officers do conduct site visits for every application submitted. However, you say you are working in Ohio, so we are concerned that you might be referring to another Medina Foundation? We are located in Seattle, WA and only fund organizations working within our geographic funding region (fourteen counties in the Puget Sound region of western Washington).

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