The California Endowment

Location: 1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, 90012 CA

EIN: 95-4523232

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Top descriptors for this funder

6Culturally sensitive5Positive leader in the field4Worth the time to pitch3Difficult to work with3Insightful3Bureaucratic2Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Risk taker1Risk averse1Friendly1Openminded

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The California Endowment

Oct 11, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Without a relationship with program officers or staff unlikely to get funded. Also strong focus on getting new Minority led organizations more engaged.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful

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Sep 14, 2017

Reviewer 293 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

CalEndow targets only specific geographic areas that are underserved in an effort to building wellness. Our arts program, because it was an outdoor event in one of their designated areas, was considered eligible. We received a few years of small grants to support the program until they adjusted their giving priorities away from our kind of activity.

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Sep 09, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

It's really difficult to know what they're interested in funding. While they have a set of goals that are articulated, they sometimes make whimsical funding decisions. Most times, however, it's very hard to get through. Be prepared for a very bureaucratic process and program officers who are not that knowledgeable about the overall goals. Innovation is not well supported and they prefer programmatic metrics regarding delivery of service.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Aug 31, 2017

Reviewer 777 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be aware: if your organization is funded, this funder will likely push you to do a whole lot more work than they are paying you for and to adopt the strategies and tactics they want (rather than trusting you to make your own strategic decisions about how you do your work) .

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Aug 28, 2017

Reviewer 276 - Professional in the field

Read their guidelines and funding priorities carefully; do not think that they fund health care or medical research. Then try to find an "in" with someone who works there, and try to get a meeting. There is no direct route to applying for this giant pool of money.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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Aug 17, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Must build some type of relationship with funders. The time and effort for a possible connection with someone takes away time and energy to do the work of the organization.

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

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Aug 16, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

It is hard to know where you stand with this group. They tell you one thing and do another.

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Aug 16, 2017 1

Reviewer 328 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

The program staff are very smart, strategic and committed to social change. There was a lot of discussion and revision before we were asked to submit via the online application process. Two challenges: they don't list much staff information on the website, so it's hard to see how they're structured and what people's roles are. Also, staff expressed interest in a project and then stopped responding after a few emails. Ghosting isn't cool in any context.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful

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Jul 12, 2017 2

Reviewer 859 - Grant Applicant

This is where you do need a meeting before you submit anything. Organization has lots of staff changes and continually is changing strategic priorities.

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Difficult to work with

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Jun 30, 2017 1

Reviewer 851 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Funder was responsive when emailed by staff and a board member with a relationship to the foundation. If you have a history with TCE, be prepared to share details to bring your program officer up to date.

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