Open Road Alliance

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

EIN: NA00001

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33Responsive25"Gets" nonprofits and issues25Risk taker23Openminded23Positive leader in the field21Insightful20Friendly12Builds relationships8Gives more than money6Culturally sensitive1Reasonable character restrictions1Gives general operating grants

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Open Road Alliance

Dec 14, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

They will dig into the minute details of your application to ensure that you did indeed try every option before coming to them for emergency funding, so be prepared to give when, how, what dates, how many times you tried to "save" funding for a project before asking them, for example.

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

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Dec 14, 2018

Reviewer 2371 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

ORA team is Very approachable, responsive and have the most effective and quick decision making process for Social enterprises that meet a roadblock mid implementation and needs quick funding to overcome the roadblock to be back on track.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker, Friendly, Builds relationships, Openminded, Responsive

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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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