Peery Foundation

Location: 2390 El Camino Real, Suite #260, Palo Alto, 94306 CA

EIN: 94-2460894

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21Positive leader in the field10"Gets" nonprofits and issues10Builds relationships9Gives more than money8Openminded8Responsive8Reasonable reporting terms7Friendly5Likes site visits5Culturally sensitive5Risk taker4Insightful

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Peery Foundation

Feb 07, 2017

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Great at partnering with CBO's by meeting at the midway and end of the grant cycle. Looking for honesty with their relationships, not necessarily wanting to hear about successes but challenges as well. Program Officers very bright and approachable. Open to multi-year funding which helps to gain traction with programs.

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Positive leader in the field

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! We appreciated hearing about your experience with us.

Feb 07, 2017

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The Peery Foundation is one of my favorite funders. We are lucky that we found them early in our development and they were helpful in understanding the funding world as well as understanding how to talk to funders about what we are trying to do.

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Positive leader in the field

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciated hearing about your experience with us!

Feb 07, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

WE RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE PEERY FOUNDATION THROUGH THE PVF. THE CHECK ARRIVED PROMPTLY. THEY WERE VERY FLEXIBLE WHEN WE WERE UNCERTAIN IF THE PROJECT WOULD CONTINUE INTO A SECOND YEAR.

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Flexible guidelines, Reasonable reporting terms, Positive leader in the field

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Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciated hearing about your experience with us!

Feb 07, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

The Peery Foundation acts as a partner, not just a funder. They refer us to resources, brainstorm strategies, and provide needed support to help us maximize the work we do. They are also very knowledgeable about the community we serve. They are a great foundation.

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Program officer was helpful, Reasonable reporting terms, Positive leader in the field

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We appreciated hearing about your experience with us!

Feb 07, 2017

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Peery Foundation really looks at our organization on a personal level, rather than just numbers! They truly care about their grant recipients. They have been very helpful in introducing us to other foundations that might be interested in partnering in our work. We are so grateful for the work they do!

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Positive leader in the field

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! It is great to hear that introductions to other foundations have been helpful.

Jan 27, 2017

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There is little power dynamic between the Peery Fdn team and ourselves (a grantee). This is rare in the funding world. That said, we are able to have very transparent discussions. The Peery team is also eager to help--when we ask. They do not force themselves and recognize that we run our organization, ultimately. Overall, we have a great relationship. If there team was able to visit the field more often, it would help them to better understand our realities.

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! It is helpful hearing about your experience with us and what we can do to better understand what's happening in the field.

Jan 23, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

In all honesty, I have nothing negative to say about them. They are the example of what I wish every single funder would be: responsive, flexible, sympathetic to the actual conditions of the work, low touch, humble, no overinflation of ego, and understanding of the role they play in the sector.

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Flexible guidelines, Reasonable reporting terms, Positive leader in the field

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! We really appreciate hearing about your experience with us.

Jan 23, 2017

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Peery Foundation is truly great. Very entrepreneur-focused and non-bureaucratic, both essential! They're straightforward and genuinely kind people to work with... qualities which you'd think would apply to most foundations, but sadly doesn't. Peery's unrestricted grants are super powerful, and demonstrate great trust in the founders. They also understand and support founders as *people* -- sometimes the going get's tough, and they've had my back and continued supporting me through a tough year. That really meant a lot to me and my organization. Finally -- I actually had a funny misunderstanding with them... I thought they had a committed to a fifth year of funding, when in fact they had only committed four; when I reached out asking when their fifth year of funding would be wired, they agreed to give me another unplanned year. How great is that?!? I honestly have no negative experiences or constructive feedback about Peery Foundation -- they are awesome people, and their funding has had a truly transformative impact on my company.

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Risk taker

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We’re glad we could be of service!

Jan 23, 2017

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Peery has really been a model funder - I only wish others had the grantee centricity that they do. It's obviously hard to be perfect all the time, but I can't think of any funder who has tried more to focus on the needs of the organization and to create the most accountability possible for themselves than Peery. I think the biggest issue in philanthropy is the inherent lack of accountability, and in the end it can only be imposed at the will/desire of the funder. Peery is a model and leader in this regard. I hope others will follow its lead.

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Culturally sensitive

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! It is helpful to hear how grantee-centric philanthropy shows up in practice. We regularly participate in events to spread the word about grantee-centric philanthropy, and have a few things in the works as well. If you have any other feedback/ideas on spreading the GCP approach feel free share.

Jan 22, 2017

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Highly positive. I've always found the Peery Foundation forthright about our prospects of securing ongoing financial assistance and highly grantee-friendly (for instance, no requests for separate proposals and willingness to use already-produced performance reports). They are humble and a joy to work with!

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Gives more than money

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Response from Peery Foundation

Sep 07, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! It is helpful to hear what works or doesn’t work about our diligence and reporting process.

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