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Articles Archives · The Unfunded List

June 13, 2018

People who are applying for grants often ask me for advice on how to write successful grant proposals.  I think grant writers should be called grantwrights just like playwrights because good grant proposals are wrought just as much as they are written. The process for writing grant proposals is messy and cumbersome and confusing. That

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • June 13, 2018
November 25, 2017

While the intent behind it is noble, there has not been enough critical analysis of #GivingTuesday. Several years after the first charitable giving day, I have started to develop concerns. There is no hard evidence that it increases overall giving and there is some evidence to suggest that it decreases contributions through cannibalization. It might

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • November 25, 2017
September 19, 2017

The Unfunded List is a new and innovative program that gives helpful and candid feedback to unfunded grant proposals. Sometimes, people have questions for us. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions. What is the Unfunded List? The Unfunded List began in 2015 when a handful of volunteers asked social entrepreneurs around the

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • September 19, 2017
August 3, 2017

    Catching Up with Accountability Lab, One of Our First Unfunded Applicants Accountability lab is an international organization that trains, mentors, and supports promising young leaders around the world to strengthen accountability and unleash positive social and economic change. With offices in the United States, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mali, they are making a

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  • By: Scott Hesel
  • August 3, 2017
July 12, 2017

The other day, I was enjoying my morning in a 4-star (Yelp) café and overheard a conversation between two young men at the adjoining table. They appeared to be just out of business school – judging by their wearing of obviously freshly-purchased shirts sporting known MBA programs . They discussed a range of topics, mostly

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • July 12, 2017
April 24, 2017

Here at the Unfunded List we are currently quite busy reviewing our fourth and largest round of unfunded proposal submissions. By the time we complete our review next month and announce the next iteration of the Unfunded List (June 1st – Stay Tuned!) we will have reviewed proposals from over 75 startup social good organizations – mostly nonprofits.

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • April 24, 2017
February 16, 2017

Too often, the hardworking entrepreneurs with great ideas to fix the world have the door to funding shut in their face.

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • February 16, 2017
December 8, 2016

In about six weeks there will be a new administration in charge of the federal government. This means thousands of hardworking, talented and experienced change agents will soon be out of a job. Many have lined up their next gig while others haven’t begun looking. Some will move to other positions in the Government or

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • December 8, 2016
May 11, 2016

If you are young philanthropist with an innovative idea for solving a critical social issue, few greater opportunities exist to get your plan off the ground than to apply to become an Echoing Green Fellow. Over the past three decades, Echoing Green has invested  $40 million and supported over 700 emerging social change leaders. The organization’s

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • May 11, 2016
April 19, 2016

As you can guess, the majority of our attention is occupied to giving the best unfunded ideas opportunities for support. On the flip side of this, however, is our desire to see talented young social impact professionals become more involved in grant consulting and evaluation. For one, it’s a great position to be in: you

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • April 19, 2016