Open Road Alliance

Location: 111 18th Street Se, Washington, 20003 DC

EIN: NA00001

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21Responsive18"Gets" nonprofits and issues17Risk taker16Insightful15Openminded15Positive leader in the field14Friendly10Builds relationships8Gives more than money5Culturally sensitive1Reasonable character restrictions1Gives general operating grants

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Open Road Alliance

Nov 30, 2018

Reviewer 8258 - Professional in the field

Open Road has been an amazing resource for many nonprofits in my network. They fill a need many foundations are unwilling to address. Generally you can only get funding once from them as the requirements are very specific and limited to removing unforeseen roadblocks.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Nov 26, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

They have four distinct criteria that you must align with to be considered. It's helpful to review these (on their website) as you think about applying to make sure your "roadblock / opportunity" aligns with their criteria. Once you do connect, they are extremely helpful in talking trough your challenge and how it aligns (or doesn't).

They did reach out to one of our partners for an interview to help better understand our specific challenge. We felt this was really helpful for Open Road to more deeply understand our roadblock and future project potential!

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Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Nov 16, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

It's good to just be honest and lay out the problem you are facing in the most simple and logical way possible. The ORA team is in a better position to help in this case.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Nov 02, 2018

Reviewer 5393 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

ORA is extremely candid and up-front about what is and isn't a fit and there is tremendous organizational alignment around the fit. This is unusual and very helpful since its unlikely program officers will send you on a wild goose chase -- thanks goodness! So, have the conversation. It's usually very predictive of whether it's worth moving forward. While ORA has quite strict criteria, they are open-minded. Don't shy away from making the case. They'll tell you if it's not a good fit :).

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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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Oct 30, 2018

Reviewer 6557 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Open Road fills a specific and needed niche - bridge funding and they excel at it. A call with them to describe your situation is needed up front and the personnel are extremely helpful and easy to work with.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 29, 2018

Reviewer 8776 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

Make sure the roadblock is truly external and could not have been foreseen, and that there is a clear pathway to impact should this be overcome.

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Gives more than money, Insightful, Friendly, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 15, 2018

Reviewer 9413 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I was amazed by the efficiency at which Open Road operates. The staff could not be more helpful. As I had questions through the application process, they were quick to respond and explain changes that were needed.

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

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Jun 20, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

This worked well because 1) We were introduced to ORA and 2) We had extensive discussions with them about whether or not we would meet their criteria. Through those discussions it became a lot more evident that we would have a legitimate shot at getting funded. It also helped greatly in honing our application message.

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Risk taker, Responsive

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May 15, 2018

Reviewer 2600 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

They work fast. Are responsive. Provide guidance through the application process to help you refine the narrative into their funding criteria. If for-profit, it is probably best to structure your ask so that Open Road gets its capital back upon raising further funding or closing a particular sale.

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Responsive

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Mar 14, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

It's probably best to have a quick call before you apply - we were introduced to someone here so I don't know whether they would accept a cold call. The application process was very straightforward and they were very supportive along the way in terms of understanding next steps and their decision criteria.

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