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Location: 53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 1252, Chicago, 60604 IL
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Grant Applicant - applied in 2021
This is a funder with an excellent "nose" for a nonprofit that isn't functioning effectively. I have a lot of respect for Wieboldt because they did NOT fund us at a time when our org was obviously a hot mess that didn't know what we were even trying to do. The gentleman we spoke with was very polite, professional, asked good questions, gave us time and space to explain, etc. but he could clearly recognize a nonprofit in chaos and wisely decided not to throw money at it. If you want to approach them, first get a very clear understanding (shared between everyone who will be talking on the call) of what your organization is trying to do and how you're trying to do it, what your plan is for the short/medium term, and how this aligns with the foundation's priorities. Come with receipts (not "we reach thousands across Chicagoland" - you will need specifics!). Answer the questions (do NOT go off on a tangent responding to a question you wish they asked or discussing a related topic because you don't have a good answer - answer the question that was asked).
Applied and not funded
I don't know if you did this or not, but in cases like ours, it would have been incredibly valuable for our ED to get feedback along the lines of "we chose not to fund you because of reasons X, Y, and Z." Sometimes statements like "you need a clear strategic plan THAT YOU THEN FOLLOW" and "you claim your mission is to do A, but you can't point to any recent work or achievements in that area because you've been completely sidetracked into unrelated side quests" hit different coming from a funder vs. a staff member who is easier to dismiss. This is a free and not time-consuming way that funders can really help out nonprofits that might need that push to get their act together. That kind of feedback is super valuable and rare - we almost never get anything but a form letter rejection email so it makes an impact.
My experience just shows that they're good at filtering out organizations that aren't effectively working towards their current goals. Whether they're good at finding organizations that are, I couldn't tell you.
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