Community Foundation For Monterey County

Location: 2354 Garden Rd, Monterey, 93940 CA

EIN: 94-1615897

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3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Friendly3Openminded3Positive leader in the field3Responsive2Builds relationships2Culturally sensitive2Gives more than money2Insightful2Risk taker1Likes site visits

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Community Foundation For Monterey County

Aug 04, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

They have a capacity building program that might be good for some nonprofits, but it's very one-size-fits-all. And there's an unwritten rule that you CANNOT criticize it.

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Response from Community Foundation For Monterey County

Aug 09, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We are very much interested in nonprofit organizations’ comments and suggestions. All participants in CNE programs are given an opportunity to provide anonymous written feedback, which informs our work. In September 2017 we will be launching an extensive anonymous nonprofit community annual online survey to better understand local nonprofits needs and concerns and will use the information to design future programming. Our website www.cfmco.org/cne offers online libraries and webinars that address topics beyond what’s available through the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. And, CNE staff are also available for confidential conversations about any issue from any nonprofit. Feel free to contact Kaki Rusmore or Susie Polnaszek at cne@cfmco.org or 831.375.9712.

For example, we heard that smaller nonprofits have unique needs and challenges so we launched a three-year effort (Next Steps for Small Nonprofits) to address those concerns. All are also welcome to speak with their Program Officer or Laurel Lee-Alexander, Vice President of Grants and Programs, 831.375.9712.

Jul 17, 2017

Grant Applicant

I would get to know the program officer beforehand. Build a relationship.

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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 Community Foundation For Monterey County

Sep 01, 2017

Thanks, we appreciate being informed of organizations' activities and we value our partnerships with the nonprofit community. Our grant programs have a fair and consistent review process. Grant criteria are listed in our guidelines.

Jul 14, 2017 1

Grant Applicant

Download the questions first, answer them on a Word doc, then enter information online. Watch your word count. Save your application on the Word doc, because it is impossible to get a good readable copy from the online format. Some of your text will be hidden

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Response from Community Foundation For Monterey County

Sep 01, 2017

Thanks for sharing these practical tips. As long as your responses are within the character limits, all text should be visible in the PDF download. Please contact us if you would like to review a specific example, 375.9712.

Jul 11, 2017

Grant Applicant

First and foremost, spend time on Community Foundation for Monterey County's website to ensure you fully understand their granting. Attend the appropriate information session as this is very helpful in ensuring that you meet the requirements and gain a better understanding of the services that are supported and the grant application process. Finally, establish open lines of communication with your specific contact at CFMC.

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Response from Community Foundation For Monterey County

Sep 01, 2017

Thanks for your comments and supporting two-way communication. Staff are available to provide feedback on past applications and current proposal ideas. www.cfmco.org/nonprofits/grants/community-impact/contact-us/

Jul 11, 2017

Reviewer 504 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Call first to discuss your application. Stick to grant guidelines and make all deadlines.

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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 Community Foundation For Monterey County

Sep 01, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your grant proposal ideas and our grantmaking priorities. Most of our grant programs close 5:00 PM on the stated deadline on our website and online grants manager. This is to provide a fair process for all. www.cfmco.org/nonprofits/grants/
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Jun 22, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

They make you take a lot of capacity building workshops and advice from their staff. Which is infuriating.

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Response from Community Foundation For Monterey County

Sep 01, 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Our Center for Nonprofit Excellence capacity building workshops are voluntary, and are developed based on requests from local organizations. Learning groups (also optional) are designed to increase knowledge and sustainability. All our work is are based on effective practices from the field. We suggest trainings on a case by case basis but they are optional and we encourage organizations to find their own solutions.

For a few special programs with multi-year grants focused on capacity building, participation in trainings and peer learning is required. For those programs, the topics of discussion and training are based on the requests and capacity building needs of the participating organizations. If you are referring to those programs and feel that the content has not been helpful, please contact Kaki Rusmore (kaki@cfmco.org), as we would like to revise future activities to make them more useful to the participating nonprofits.

If you’d like to talk more about your specific experience, please contact your program officer at 831.375.9712 or via email (available on our website at www.cfmco.org/about-us/staff/).

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