Open Road Alliance

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

EIN: NA00001

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15Responsive12"Gets" nonprofits and issues12Risk taker10Friendly10Insightful10Openminded10Positive leader in the field5Builds relationships5Gives more than money4Culturally sensitive1Reasonable character restrictions1Gives general operating grants

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Open Road Alliance

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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Aug 30, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Open Road really tries to "get it". They have built their grant parameters around filling the gaps that nonprofits face. The program staff I interacted with were supportive, empathetic, and just real people. I appreciate the role they are playing in the sector to push private philanthropy to be more grantee-centric.

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Aug 21, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Do not hesitate to reach out to ORA. They are truly an amazing organization. Their process is streamlined, simple, fast, and fair. Tip to applicants: be sure to clearly map out the timeline of events that led to your current situation and provide as much detail as possible to make it easy for the investment committee to understand your current state of affairs. Also be sure to highlight the impact the funds will have on your operations, and the population(s) you serve.

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

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Jul 13, 2017

Reviewer 540 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

This funder is incredibly respectful, thoughtful and responsive. If they can help, they will. If it's not a good fit, they may provide suggestions for other funders who can help. And the whole team there is super smart!

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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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Jul 10, 2017

Reviewer 500 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The criteria are very specific, but if you meet the criteria, the team can move quickly. Honesty trumps fanfare, and the team seems to really want to understand the issues.

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

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Jun 14, 2017

Reviewer 702 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Open Road was great throughout the process. They had some very tough follow-up questions that really helped us improve our overall grant-writing process. Be prepared and detailed in your proposal and be ready to answer their tough, relevant, and constructive questions. Even if you aren't funded, going through their process can reap rewards from helping your organization to improve in grant writing.

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

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Apr 27, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They really understood the constraints that organizations face. They asked smart questions without making us feel on the defensive or as if we needed to justify ourselves. They have some nuanced and less straightforward grant parameters, but we very open to talking them through with us and describing how they make funding decisions. They shared their timeline for decision making and actually turned a decision around quicker than they had promised. That never happens!

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Reasonable character restrictions, Gives general operating grants, Risk taker

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