Open Society Fund Inc

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Location: 224 W 57th St, New York, 10019 NY

EIN: 13-3095822

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3Difficult to work with2Bureaucratic1Culturally incompetent1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Risk averse1Culturally sensitive1Risk taker

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Open Society Fund Inc

Oct 22, 2021

Reviewer 8808 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

We were mined by what felt like a predatory extractive industry giant for precious minerals without FPIC and an EIA. In addition to several strategy meetings that went on more than a year and a half with with no outcomes in sight, the foundation asked for endless justifications when they were the one inviting us to confidential organizations strategy meetings to help sort out their confusion. The worst pack was the lack of feedback and substantive responses after all the efforts were put in


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic, Risk averse

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Sep 20, 2019

Reviewer 7689 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Pursuing a grant from OSF is usually a low ROI exercise. They express interest and then you never hear from them again. They may also spend a lot of time talking with you and then not fund you. Expect to have no idea what your probability of getting funded is and be cautious in building them into your pipeline - you will likely be left with a big hole to fill.


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with

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Mar 22, 2018

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Be prepared for the application process to take a very long time, sometimes as much 12-18 months. On the other hand, expect very knowledgable program officers who are experts in their fields.


Risk taker, Culturally sensitive

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Sep 05, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

You would be much better off investing in raising unrestricted funds than in trying to work with OSF. Even when they invite a proposal, expect to be put on hold for months, asked to rework the budget for much less than they asked you to request, or both, then wait a few more months, then eventually get so little funding you can't do a decent project--but they still expect you to be innovative,sustainable, and have impact. We've had to float programs for up to 5 months in order to avoid laying off staff because of the gaps between the donor's grants.


Difficult to work with, Bureaucratic

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