Cargill Foundation

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Location: Po Box 5626, Minneapolis, 55440 MN

EIN: 41-6020221

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3Builds relationships2Friendly2Insightful2Likes site visits1Bureaucratic1Culturally incompetent1Difficult to work with1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field1Responsive1Risk taker

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Cargill Foundation

Aug 21, 2019

Reviewer 2341 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

It took a long time to get an introductory meeting with them, but the meeting was great and really focused on their priority areas, our priority areas, and potential areas of overlap. We didn't expect to be invited to apply, but I think volunteer engagement from Cargill staff was key for the invite.


Risk taker, Insightful, Builds relationships

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Jun 07, 2019

Grant Applicant - applied in 2019

Make sure you match their giving interests well. Pay attention to diversity. Have statistics to back-up your case for support. Takes time to build relationship.


Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits

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May 17, 2019

Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2018

I experienced the foundation's staff to be responsive, curious, and engaged. There's been some change in leadership in the past year or so, which sometimes means the future trajectory of the grantmaking is a bit unknown. It seems like the foundation is spending time in the community, genuinely listening to the experiences of nonprofits, and co-discovering possible ways the foundation can be a resource. If your work aligns with their funding priorities (child nutrition ages 2-12; increasing access to STEM education), I recommend reaching out to staff and having a conversation.


Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, Responsive

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Jul 05, 2017

Reviewer 741 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

This funder is incredibly difficult to work with and approaches nonprofit work like a business investment, where numbers and ROI matter much more than people. I would avoid working with them, as they require twisting your mission to match increasingly-difficult criteria.


Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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