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Did you know? The median time to complete a California Endowment grant application is 20 hours, according to 19 reviews on GrantAdvisor.

This is just the type of information that we thought would be helpful for nonprofit grantseekers when we launched GrantAdvisor last June with our partners, GreatNonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

The goal is simple: increase funder transparency and improve communication between funders and the nonprofits who rely on them for support. Since last June, more than 1,200 people have joined this effort by submitting reviews of foundations. If you’re one of them, thank you! Reviewers from 50 states and five countries have shared their experiences, and 150 funders are now responding to reviews, creating more clarity around their priorities and processes. Reviewers provide anecdotal reviews based on their experiences and also answer questions that populate a profile for each foundation.

Here are a few examples:

“They are very thorough and expect you to be as well. Really take the time to thoughtfully craft your goals and anticipated outcomes and be realistic in stating them, because they are carefully compared from year to year (typically multi-year grants).” -Review of William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

“Funder staff are really engaged and interested in your work. They tend to "suggest" changes or additions to the work that might change your strategy or add costs, but they truly mean them as suggestions so push back if you disagree or don't think you're able to do what they suggest.” -Review of California Endowment

“Read the Durfee guidelines carefully. If you or your project are a fit consider calling the staff to check in. They were helpful before I wrote my proposal and asked specific questions to determine if the organization was a fit. The Staff is very clear about their mission and funding. They are also generous with their time to support the nonprofit community in LA in additional ways.” -Review of Durfee Foundation

Help “unlock” another 7 California foundation profiles

A funder’s profile is “locked” on GrantAdvisor until it receives at least 5 reviews. Right now, there are 21 California foundations on the site, and another 7 California foundations who have at least 3 reviews, meaning they are only 1-2 reviews away from being public.

How you can help: If you’ve benefitted from a colleague’s advice or from reading a review as part of your grant or funder research, we’re asking you to pay it forward today by writing a review. Five minutes is a small investment of your time, but will pay big dividends in unlocking more profiles, and creating a more complete picture of the foundations that are already live. 

These 7 California foundations need only 1-2 more reviews to go live:

• Community Foundation of the Napa Valley
• Leo M Shortino Foundation
• Ralph M Parsons Foundation
• Richmond Community Foundation
• Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
• Tipping Point Community
• Union Bank Foundation

These 21 foundations are already live, read their reviews here.

• Ahmanson Foundation
• Bothin Foundation
• California Community Foundation
• California Endowment
• California Wellness Foundation
• Community Foundation for Monterey County
• David and Lucile Packard Foundation
• Durfee Foundation
• Gilroy Foundation
• Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
• James Irvine Foundation
• Peery Foundation
• Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
• Pollination Project Foundation
• San Francisco Foundation
• Sand Hill Foundation
• Silicon Valley Community Foundation
• Sobrato Family Foundation
• Solano Community Foundation
• Weingart Foundation
• William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

PS: Have questions or suggestions about GrantAdvisor? Drop us an email to let us know what you’re thinking.

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