The California Endowment

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

EIN: 95-4523232

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Top descriptors for this funder

8Culturally sensitive7Positive leader in the field4Difficult to work with4Worth the time to pitch3Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field3"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Insightful3Risk taker3Bureaucratic2Friendly2Openminded2Responsive

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The California Endowment

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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Jun 15, 2016

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

It is a tough but fair process


Worth the time to pitch


Funding less than the requested amount

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Jun 15, 2016 2

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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Jun 15, 2016 3


They're such a big kahuna that you kind of have to apply. However, they throw their weight around and refuse to fully compensate grantees for shared costs and administrative overhead. On top of that, their budget and reporting templates are painfully time consuming and expensive to administer because they require extremely detailed info on every line item they fund. So drag of not covering full costs while actually driving up those costs. Enjoy!


Multiyear funding, Builds relationships


Narrow guidelines

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