Mankato Area Foundation

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Location: 127 S 2nd St Ste 100, Mankato, 56001 MN

EIN: 41-0011094

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2Difficult to work with2Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Bureaucratic

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Mankato Area Foundation

Jun 11, 2020

Reviewer 1604 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2020

Grateful to see their quick mobilization of funds during COVID-19 relief. Application was very simple and we quickly heard back. However, in follow-up after our app submission, a foundation/UW rep challenged much of our app material, insisting that they wanted to see proof of solicitation of gov funds (which we were already doing), proof that funds go "directly to individuals" (which was the plan) and that gift cards would be most effective (which we explained would NOT be the most responsible use of funds). Multiple times I included the contact information of staff members who could speak more directly to their questions, but to my knowledge, the foundation rep didn't take the time to ask.

These email explanations went around in circles a couple times. It felt like they were trying to "nail" us on something to disqualify us. For how "flexible" their COVID-19 relief funding was supposed to be, I found it ironic how much the follow-up implied distrust in us and insisted THEIR way of using the money, which actually contradicted the increased needs we were seeing in the community.


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

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Aug 21, 2019 2

Reviewer 3277 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

It felt like we had to have an insider to successfully receive funding. Without a strong advocate inside the foundation, it felt like our application received harsh analysis and inappropriately prescriptive suggestions for how to improve our work. We have decided not to pursue future funding because of this experience.

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Oct 24, 2017 1

Reviewer 115 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

Don't bother asking for funds from them. They asked me a lot of questions unrelated to the grant application and were supportive of my proposal. But then I was rejected without any indication of why or what I should do differently. I did not have a pleasant experience and would not go back again.


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

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