California Community Foundation

Location: 221 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, 90012 CA

EIN: 95-3510055

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Top descriptors for this funder

6Positive leader in the field4"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Culturally sensitive3Responsive2Builds relationships2Friendly2Gives more than money2Likes site visits2Worth the time to pitch2Repeat funding1Insightful1Openminded

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California Community Foundation

Jul 07, 2017 1

Reviewer 459 - Grant Applicant

The Foundation's program officers are extremely helpful and know exactly what they are looking for in an application. Definitely give them a call or hear them speak at a Meet the Funders panel before you complete the LOI. They are also a great advocate for nonprofits and always sharing fantastic resources with us.

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

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Jul 07, 2017

Reviewer 915 - Grant Applicant

This foundation does an extraordinary job with their donor's investment(s). They are thorough and fund an array of great causes. They often hold seminars about new areas of funding. Very friendly, no seed money though.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Jun 14, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Always call first. They want you to call and that made the difference

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Jun 14, 2017

Reviewer 662 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The CA Community Foundation are deeply engaged in the community, and open to bold new ways of doing business. Don;t be afraid to propose audacious ideas, but be ready to back up your assumptions.

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

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May 01, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

They have two grantmaking paths. One is the stated one. The other is very informal, not always even a proposal, about making grants to friends or as favors to other foundations. That one is a lot faster and has a lot more money in it. That's the one I was on so I know.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Response from California Community Foundation

Jul 19, 2017

Thank you for your post. A point of clarification, there are four paths to securing a grant from CCF:

1. Submit a LOI as directed on the website. Before applying, we strongly suggest talking to a program associate about fit with program strategy.

2. Submit a response to an open published Request for Proposals. We issue those for program areas that are funding a cohort of grantees working together towards shared goals.

3. Submit a response to an invitation-only request for proposals. This is similar to the second path but with groups that are pre-selected often because of their prior work. Often these are joint funding opportunities with other funders.

4. The foundation sometimes makes small grants under $25,000 to nonprofits that are not yet eligible to apply for a core operating or programmatic grant. For example, a nonprofit may be working in one of our priority areas and be well aligned with the program strategy, but not yet have a strategic plan, which is a requirement for funding. CCF will sometimes provide partial funding for the plan.

The first three paths require board approval at one of four quarterly meetings. The last can be approved by staff.

Please talk to a program officer if you have any questions. Our list of staff can be located at https://www.calfund.org/about-ccf/staff/ .

Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

They are going through a lot of changes right now so it is hard to say...

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Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Positive leader in the field

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