Durfee Foundation

Location: 1453 3rd Street Promenade Ste 312, Santa Monica, 90401 CA

EIN: 95-4856207

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21Builds relationships21Friendly21Gives more than money20"Gets" nonprofits and issues20Positive leader in the field20Responsive19Insightful18Culturally sensitive17Openminded14Likes site visits13Risk taker

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Durfee Foundation

Nov 18, 2017

Reviewer 334 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

We were fortunate to receive funding as a Springboard recipient. Their support continued over the next 10 years where they still serve as my "guiding light" in any needed area. I received a "mentor" along with the funding and that was invaluable! The Durfee Foundation genuinely cares about the people they support.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Nov 18, 2017

Reviewer 334 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

It is always best to have a call with any funder before beginning to write. This allows you to confirm that you are a good match! This funder is always accessible and will answer questions honestly.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 02, 2017

Reviewer 648 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Durfee runs a special sabbatical program and while there is a bit of anticipation anxiety built in -- you really want it and you really need it -- they process in very reassuring. The program team is thorough with your application and they do interview your references and they do ask probing questions.. particularly around your readiness and capacity to take full advantage of the program. They are interested in you... and want to ensure that you will get maximum benefit from the sabbatical. After the grant award they work with you so that you stay true to your personal goals and do build the support systems around you to achieve them.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 16, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

Durfee is not your average foundation - they will absolutely consider out-of-the-box ideas and, in fact, look for them! One important thing to know, however, is that Durfee invests in people. When they consider your funding request, they're considering whether they want you to be a part of the Durfee family. Durfee supports grantees throughout the duration of their career in varying ways. They will continue supporting you when/if you leave your current role, so make sure to emphasize your skills and dedication to the field you're in as a whole, and not just your specific idea.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Sep 14, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

They are very accessible and helpful. Should contact them before applying.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 09, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

The Durfee Foundation fills an important niche - the support of Executive Directors and their top managerial staff. They provide sabbaticals and research opportunities to avoid burnout, and continuing education and peer support to Executive Directors after the sabbatical. I could not recommend them more highly.

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Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 09, 2017

Reviewer 187 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

This foundation really wants you to succeed, so much so, that they additionally funded a non profit mentor who guided us through the ins and outs of the non profit maze. They are always accessible , even years later. Of all my grants received over the last 15 years, it was the most positive experience.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 09, 2017

Reviewer 489 - Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Their criteria are very well set out on their website. They have an open application process that is very fairly managed.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 08, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

The Exec Director is amazingly accessible and helpful; definitely talk to her before you apply. Durfee leads from their belief in leadership, cross-sectoral problem solving, flexible and responsive culture. They also invest in folks they believe will join a cohort of former leaders they've invested in -- so they are building a set of folks who are leaders in LA in advancing justice.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 08, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied before 2014

Beyond any other foundation I have experienced as a professional and grant seeker, Durfee Foundation demonstrates a true and deep interest in applicants and grant recipients. As with all foundations, you need to understand what Durfee's mission and interests are to determine the fit. To that end, Durfee staff are friendly and accessible for inquiries.

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Positive leader in the field, Gives more than money, Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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