Washington Womens Foundation

Location: 2100 24th Ave S Ste 330, Seattle, 98144 WA

EIN: 91-1754933

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3Builds relationships3Responsive2Friendly2Likes site visits2Positive leader in the field1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Culturally sensitive1Gives more than money1Insightful1Risk taker

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Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 07, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

It is extremely competitive, and unfortunately, because the grant decisions are made by voting by the members, some causes (kids, for example) are more popular than others (advocacy, community organizing)

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Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you so much for sharing your review! We appreciate your feedback, and have been talking about our voting process and how we can do a better job of sharing information about applicants with our members recently, so your perspective is really helpful.

Mar 07, 2018 1

Reviewer 554 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The LOI is not too difficult, and they have been working to make it easier. The application is extremely detailed and time-consuming. Since their grants are paid over 2-3 years, you will need to provide budget information for future years.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your review! We greatly appreciate it and will work to make the application less time-consuming.

Mar 07, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

To read the instructions thoroughly, to research past funded projects and see how your project aligns, to ask questions if needed for clarification.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Responsive

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We appreciate your perspective on our LOI process and will work to improve it.

Feb 09, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

This is a long-shot funder, as they fund few organizations, but you get your organization in front of their members, so that can be positive. The LOI is simple, so it's probably worth it to throw your hat in the ring. Once you make it past the initial LOI, the process is incredibly time-consuming and you only have a 20% chance of being funded, but again you are put in front of members. This didn't seem to help our organization much, but I know there are some orgs where grants committee members have joined the Board or gotten more involved after an organization applied.

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Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your review! We appreciate your advice and perspective on our member-driven process.

Feb 09, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The experience was great and although we were not selected I appreciated the transparency and knowledge to do a better ROI next time.

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Culturally sensitive, Insightful

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for sharing this review! We're glad you had a good experience and always welcome further feedback.

Feb 09, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Since you don't know why you didn't get selected or what they're looking for, it can be disheartening to keep applying. Form rejection letters don't divulge much, and just telling folks to apply next year after being told that over 350 applicants overwhelmed them this year isn't helpful.

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback! We appreciate it, and will work to improve our accessibility.

Feb 08, 2018 1

Reviewer 3862 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Regarding WWF's Pooled Fund Grants ($100,000 for general operating support): They hold outreach sessions and a webinar in advance, and are good about answering questions prior to organizations submitting an LOI. But there is no way to get feedback on why an organization's LOI was not selected for a request for full proposal, which makes their member-driven panel review process seem less than transparent and possibly more relationship-based than is advertised.

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Response from Washington Womens Foundation

Mar 15, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your review! We appreciate your advice about giving feedback at the LOI stage, and will do our best to address it when planning for the future.

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