The California Endowment

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

EIN: 95-4523232

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9Culturally sensitive8Positive leader in the field6Difficult 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

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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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Given the potential for a large grant in the future, it's well worth the effort. But it took over a year of cultivating during 4-5 calls, 2 meetings, and a some (not excessive) paperwork to finally get a 'small' ($25,000) grant.


Worth the time to pitch, Reasonable reporting terms



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