The California Endowment

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

EIN: 95-4523232

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9Culturally sensitive8Positive leader in the field5Difficult to work with5Bureaucratic4Insightful4Risk taker4Worth the time to pitch3Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Friendly3Openminded3Responsive

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The California Endowment

Aug 31, 2017 1

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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

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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

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


Worth the time to pitch, Culturally sensitive


Burdensome reporting terms

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