Collins Foundation

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Location: 1618 Sw First Avenue Suite 505, Portland, 97201 OR

EIN: 93-6021893

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4"Gets" nonprofits and issues3Builds relationships3Friendly3Insightful3Positive leader in the field2Culturally sensitive2Likes site visits2Responsive1Openminded

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Apr 21, 2022

Reviewer 2504 - Professional in the field

Collins funds a lot of great projects, and they are committed to DEI. I had a great experience with them at a multicultural organization and appreciated the staff's personal visit to learn more about our project. However over the years, I've grown to feel that they have an overly painful LOI form. Be forewarned that the questions about your operating budget are going to require an accountant - they are a source of stress to staff every time a Collins grant comes up. They essentially request audit-level insights and numbers for two years (current and last year) for years where of course the audit doesn't exist yet. Literally building in a two-month window just to squeeze this in as it is beyond a typical grant writer's scope & skillset to complete.


Positive leader in the field, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Feb 22, 2019

Reviewer 9646 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

We had a positive experience with the Collins Foundation. The online grant process was straightforward. We submitted a five page application and budget. A knowledgeable volunteer came for a site visit.


Insightful, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Oct 24, 2017 1

Reviewer 1017 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I've been writing proposals in Portland for some 20 years for organizations with annual budgets ranging from $250,000 to $20+ million. Collins is one of the handful of foundations in Oregon capable of making multi-year, six-figure grants--for myriad causes, too (as well as myriad categories from capital campaigns to capacity building to operations). I would advise a phone call to the Executive Director (who has always been accessible, even if for a brief chat, in my experience) to at least give a head's up that you're submitting a proposal if it's multi-year and/or greater than say $50,000. As always, please ensure that you've read their posted areas of interest (and more importantly, their areas of disinterest) before contacting.


Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Friendly, Builds relationships, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

It's definitely best to have a phone call before applying, even if you've been funded by them before. Luckily they make it easy. They will fund you "cold," but you'll build a better relationship and have better success if you reach out first.


Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, Builds relationships, Likes site visits, "Gets" nonprofits and issues

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