The Grace & Franklin Bernsen Foundation

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Location: 15 W 6th St Ste 1308, Tulsa, 74119 OK

EIN: 23-7009414

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The Grace & Franklin Bernsen Foundation

Apr 11, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

The staff at Bernsen are the prickliest I have ever dealt with. Tony Robbins, Mother Teresa and Ghandi would feel discouraged after an initial phone conversation with them. The prickly attitude makes a lot of nonprofits think they are not interested, when that isn't necessarily the case.

When talking to the staff, don't make the mistake of calling the "Abstract" the "LOI" or they will inform you that it is not an LOI; it is an abstract, you idiot.

When your LOI - sorry, I mean ABSTRACT - is approved, you will get a lukewarm email response saying they can't find any reason why you SHOULDN'T apply for a full grant. It's not that they don't like you - everyone gets the same response.

Other than this off-putting prickliness and patronizing communication style, they are an excellent foundation that supports a lot of worthy organizations in our community.


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