Marin Community Foundation

Location: 5 Hamilton Landing Ste 200, Novato, 94949 CA

EIN: 94-3007979

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Top descriptors for this funder

2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Builds relationships2Friendly2Insightful2Likes site visits2Openminded2Positive leader in the field2Responsive1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Risk averse1Culturally sensitive1Gives more than money

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Marin Community Foundation

Aug 24, 2018

Professional in the field

They have many funds that are not application based funds and harder to access unless you can network your way in through a philanthropic advisor or donor partner. The main application-based source of funds is via the Buck Trust.

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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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Jun 08, 2018

Reviewer 632 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

A very interactive foundation. Take advantage of this to tell them how you feel they can best help your organization. Then listen closely to their response and act on it. Learn the online system and use it - have no fear, ask questions - they are very supportive. Expect field visits, attend face-to-face opportunities at their shop.

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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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Feb 09, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

It’s all about who you know and getting “face time” so spend time “schmoozing” - the 20 hours notes above includes meetings.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Risk averse

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Aug 10, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

MCF is pretty opaque and their giving is split between Donor Advised Funds and the Buck Family Fund (BFF). Unless you are hand picked by a DAF, try applying to the BFF. The program officers are generally great, and obviously care about doing good in the community, but the leadership seems a lot more concerned with having fancy offices and looking good to rich people so they can get more DAF money.

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