Open Road Alliance

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

EIN: NA00001

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12Responsive11"Gets" nonprofits and issues11Risk taker10Openminded9Friendly9Insightful9Positive leader in the field5Builds relationships4Gives more than money3Culturally sensitive1Reasonable character restrictions1Gives general operating grants

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Open Road Alliance

Nov 06, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be clear and comprehensive. ORA is smart and will see right through a request that isn't substantive.

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Risk taker, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Nov 05, 2017

Reviewer 6178 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be sure to carefully review their four criteria — unexpected, mid-implementation, discrete, and catalytic. Ensure your situation meets each of the four criteria before applying, and be as clear, detailed, and straight-forward as possible about your roadblock, what caused it, and how you will move past it.

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Risk taker, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded

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Oct 27, 2017

Reviewer 126 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

An initial meeting or call is important to understand how your project fits with ORA's unique criteria, and to develop a compelling narrative. The ORA website is a comprehensive and a good starting place for understanding the criteria.

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

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Oct 12, 2017

Reviewer 162 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The funder is willing to act quickly - answering questions, reviewing responses, scheduling calls - so don't drag it out on your end. Complete the application quickly and thoroughly, update the application based on the feedback received carefully and quickly, and be very responsive.

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Risk taker, Insightful, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Sep 18, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Think about your need and structure it thoughtfully, what problem do you have and what do you need to solve it, could there be several solutions?

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Gives more than money, Risk taker, Friendly, Openminded

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Sep 01, 2017

Reviewer 864 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Open Road Alliance is an open, easily accessible funder. Before an NGO approaches them, they should know that ORA’s funding requirements are very specific, and they will only consider applicants that are experiencing un-anticipated challenges or obstacles that fit within a certain set of requirements. The NGO should research their website thoroughly to decide whether their circumstance is applicable, and then should fully flesh out the timeline of the obstacles that they have faced before considering applying. ORA will require at least one conversation which will address in-depth, detailed aspects of the application. NGOs need to be prepared to argue for their case in these calls.

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Positive leader in the field, Builds relationships, Responsive

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Aug 31, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

We were introduced to ORA by a development officer, and we received immediate access to their portfolio manager. They were incredibly professional and highly responsive. I recommend that you carefully review their criteria before contacting them.

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Positive leader in the field, Friendly, Responsive

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Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 788 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

If you plan to reach out to them you have to make sure that you are sure their intervention will both remove the obstacle you face AND put you on a better/healthier/onward path. They have a brilliant mission/vision and a team to match - they ask excellent questions, approach with compassion and want you to succeed.

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

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Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 570 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This is one of the most approachable, open and friendly funders I Have ever had the pleasure to deal with. Just approach them openly with any queries you have or for any clarification. They are totally 'on your side', wanting you to get funded.

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

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Aug 30, 2017

Reviewer 868 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Be specific about your needs and why this one-time bridge funding will help, including plans for future sustainability.

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

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