The California Endowment

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

EIN: 95-4523232

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Top descriptors for this funder

5Culturally sensitive4Positive leader in the field4Worth the time to pitch2"Gets" nonprofits and issues2Insightful2Risk taker1Difficult to work with1Friendly1Openminded1Responsive1Narrow guidelines1Burdensome reporting terms

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The California Endowment

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

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

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 1

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

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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Jun 22, 2017

Reviewer 936 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

We worked with TCE on the Agricultural Worker Health Initiative. Be clear on your interests/priorities so you can focus your attention on shared areas.

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

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Jun 14, 2017

Reviewer 417 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Funder staff are really engaged and interested in your work. They tend to "suggest" changes or additions to the work that might change your strategy or add costs, but they truly mean them as suggestions so push back if you disagree or don't think you're able to do what they suggest.

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Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Openminded

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

Grantees have to do many gymnastics to fit the funder's needs, rather than the other way around.

Pros

Worth the time to pitch, Culturally sensitive


Cons

Burdensome reporting terms

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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

It is a tough but fair process

Pros

Worth the time to pitch


Cons

Funding less than the requested amount

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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

Applying is too cumbersome for words... I have attempted to apply for the past 5 years and have never completed any request. They are intimidating and scary.

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