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Articles Archives · Page 2 of 3 · The Unfunded List

March 29, 2016

Aspiring philanthropists and social impact entrepreneurs typically enter the fundraising game with limited guidance. As we’ve mentioned before, there’s a lack of transparent information regarding how funding is distributed and how funding should be managed on a basic level. Once these basics are mastered, however, startup organizations are faced with another challenge: building quality, lasting relationships

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • March 29, 2016
March 8, 2016

Every profession has its fair share of mind-numbing jargon. Whether it’s marketing/business development managing to turn the word “expert” into a three-letter acronym (SME, in case you were wondering), or legalese squeezing the phrase “inflicted serious bodily harm” out of “injured,” everybody loves to finesse the english language to create their own form of career-specific inside-baseball.

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • March 8, 2016
February 19, 2016

A month ago,  myself – along with Unfunded List evaluation team members Daniel Karpantschof, Frances Holuba and Candice Cook – co-hosted a  session at the Nexus Youth Summit. Our intention was to provide live feedback to several proposals that had been submitted to the Unfunded List over the past several months. At the onset of the

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • February 19, 2016
February 3, 2016

The New York Times’ recent investigation into the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has sent rumbles throughout through the philanthropy community. Over the past few years, WWP staff members have treated themselves to nights at five-star hotels, booked first class cross-country flights to attend minor meetings in-person, attended lavish conferences, and spent nearly 40 percent of their donations

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • February 3, 2016
January 15, 2016

Foundations are inundated with thousands of grant applications, and the Unfunded List’s mission is to offer recognition and connections to the many organizations who apply for funding and do not receive it. Beyond this immediate issue, however, is another potential obstacle for promising organizations: there are many foundations who do not issue open grant solicitations, and

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • January 15, 2016
January 8, 2016

As the tech boom grows in cities like Seattle and Silicon Valley, data-driven philanthropy continues to gain momentum. Wealthy young individuals from the “big 3” companies in Seattle (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) are looking spend their money on projects that have have proven effective in solving major social problems. As a result of this trend, arts and culture

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • January 8, 2016
December 30, 2015

We continue to focus on the growth of data-driven philanthropy in our latest Wine Grants podcast with GiveWell and Open Philanthropy Project (Open Phil) Program Director Alexander Berger. Much like Ryan Derfler, Berger is part of a burgeoning movement among philanthropists to ensure that money is well-spent on the most effective programs. Both GiveWell and Open

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • December 30, 2015
December 17, 2015

If you’ve listened to our Wine Grants podcast with Ryan Derfler, we recommend that you read his recent article published on LinkedIn, “Silicon Valley Not Taking Advice.” Derfler describes a fundamental disconnect between Silicon Valley philanthropists and the foundations and advisories they seek out for funding recommendations. Many of these philanthropists are finding this advice

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • December 17, 2015
December 2, 2015

Gawker media – a publication known for habitually stepping over the line in its vitriol toward public figures – has been waging war on wealthy philanthropists over the past few months. First, they declared David Geffen “America’s Worst Philanthropist” in reaction to his donation of $100 million to UCLA to create a private school for

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • December 2, 2015
November 30, 2015

We encourage everyone to check out this article from the New York Times. Major funders – such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations – are making new commitments to tackle the crucial social issues of our time, such as income inequality, criminal justice, and climate change. This represents a shift away from the traditional funding approach,

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  • By: Dave Moss
  • November 30, 2015