Every day, talented but unfunded entrepreneurs around the globe pursue funding for their social change ideas. Assembled at the Unfunded List Evaluators Summit are those dedicated to helping these heroes fund social change. The goal of our Evaluator Summit event program is for evaluators to build our fundraising skills, master grant-writing, learn to tell stories with our financials and provide extra helpful and candid feedback to the unfunded.
The Unfunded List began in 2015 when a handful of volunteers asked social entrepreneurs around the world to send us their best unfunded grant proposals. An expert volunteer evaluation committee read these proposals and every applicant received helpful and candid feedback. We published the best scoring proposals to our official Unfunded List and promoted it as far as we could. Seeing the potential from this first round we formed this not for profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to providing information about philanthropy to the social sector. We continue to review grant proposals twice a year but have expanded to provide comprehensive feedback to anyone doing social impact projects – just send us whatever written materials you have that best describe your organization and our experts will take a look. Submit the last funding proposal you've worked on and our 300+ experts will give you invaluable grant-writing feedback: www.unfundedlist.com/submit-your-proposal
Are you looking to improve your fundraising skills and enhance your ability to help nonprofits do good?
Are you an aspiring social impact or nonprofit professional looking to develop skills while contributing to the sector?
Are you an expert advisor looking to learn about and advise new and exciting social enterprises?
Become a member of the evaluation committee for the Unfunded List and join us for our Summit on September 22 at George Washington University. We will convene for the day on campus for a day of inspiring and educational panels, fundraising training sessions, and the opportunity to provide your own expert opinions and advice to some of the world's most innovative new startup nonprofits.
We'll begin the day with an inspiring welcome and morning panel. We'll then breakout into training sessions, feedback groups and other activities before reconvening for an afternoon of informative sessions and panels led by leaders from the social sector.
And at the end of the day we'll celebrate with some wine, snacks and everyone leaves smarter, happier and with a new professional headshot.
Session Overview – Grants 101: Introduction to Finding Grants Workshop
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:
-Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations?
-What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding?
-How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach?
Presented by Melissa Grannetino
Melissa Grannetino is an Engagement Specialist at Foundation Center, where she leads training programs, plans events and assists in fundraising. Melissa has several years of experience in fundraising, research and program evaluation. She has served as a member of the selection committee for Advancement in Management (AIM) Award Competition (formerly known as The Washington Post Award). Prior to joining Foundation Center, she developed and implemented donor cultivation and stewardship programs at both The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Sociology/Anthropology from Denison University.
Session Overview – Nonprofit Financials (101 & 201) Mastering your Nonprofit Numbers
During part one, Stephanie will cover financial planning, strategy & management. In part two, after a quick break, Stephanie will dive into financial reporting and wrap up storytelling with financials. This session will cover:
Cash flow forecasting
The course was designed especially for nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders so you don't have to worry about learning a bunch of useless technical accounting stuff.
Presented by Stephanie Skryzowski , 180 Degrees Consulting
Stephanie Skryzowski is a visionary CFO with over a decade of experience leading global nonprofit organizations, and the Founder & CEO of 100 Degrees Consulting. Stephanie has vast on-the-ground experience crunching the numbers and helping organizations make better strategic decisions in Afghanistan, Nepal, Haiti, and other far-flung locales. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University, focusing on nonprofit management and finance.
-Charity Blackwell is a spoken word artist, host, emcee, and poetry specialist who has spent several years contributing to the arts scene at DC SCORES. She is a Trinity University graduate, where she received her B.A and M.A, for Communications, and played soccer for four years. Since her early college days, Charity’s natural stage presence and charm has led her to many hosting opportunities, including events such as the Poetry SLAMS for DC SCORES (2013-2016), the America SCORES New York National Poetry SLAM! (2015 -2016), Busboys and Poets Open Mic (2016-Current), and the Our Words Our City Poetry Show Case (2017), Women’s March Open Mic (2017) and many more. She has performed her original work on international networks such as BBC News and numerous stages across Washington D.C. and the east coast.
-Mei Powers is the Chief Development Officer at Miriam's Kitchen–a leading organization working to end veteran and chronic homelessness in DC. At Miriam's Kitchen, Mei Powers leads initiatives where nonprofit fundraising, communications and marketing intersect to spread the simple message that ending chronic homelessness is urgent, possible, and cost-effective. In 2016, Mei delivered the winning presentation at PitchCraft, which was organized by the Unfunded List and The Lookout DC. The prize was a professional video created by EMIC films that helped Miriam's Kitchen tell how it provides “More Than A Meal" to guests experiencing homelessness. Mei graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree Commerce and East Asian Studies. Most recently, she completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University.
-Bethany Rubin Henderson, a nationally recognized social entrepreneur; Echoing Green Fellow; and White House Fellow, became DC SCORES Executive Director in 2014. While in the White House, she coordinated the 2013 Youth Jobs+ initiative and participated in developing My Brother’s Keeper, a public-private partnership focused on helping boys and young men of color get and stay on track cradle to career. In 2008, Bethany founded City Hall Fellows, an award-winning, nonpartisan, post-college local government service corps, raising more than $4M to launch and build the organization during the recession.
She earned her JD at Harvard Law School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. DC Scores is a previous honoree & applicant to the Unfunded List and Bethany is a new evaluator to the committee.
-Nazlin Bhimji is the Director of Programs and is responsible for managing The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program. She has over 15 years of global experience working with non-profit organizations, businesses and international organizations on business development, organizational strategy, program development and CSR and sustainability. Nazlin co-founded a women-focused business in Kenya, where she managed operations and finance. She also worked at Women Thrive Worldwide, a leading advocate for global women’s issues, and served in various positions including Acting Executive Director.
Nazlin has an Executive MBA from the George Washington University, an MA in International Development from American University, a BA in International Studies and French from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a Certified Sustainability Practitioner.
-Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is a champion for the 1-in-5 people who have a disability. Dyslexic herself and someone who knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, she is the co-founder/director of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund.
Mizrahi currently serves as president of the disability advocacy nonprofit, RespectAbility, which is a nonprofit fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. RespectAbility is a current Unfunded List honoree, and Jennifer is both an evaluator and donor for the Unfunded List so she has seen our program from many angles.
She has also published more than 100 articles on disability issues. Of particular note are those on disability and criminal justice reform, inclusion in Hollywood, philanthropy, and faith communities.
-Richard Graves is the Co-founder of CleanChoice Energy, a Deloitte Fast 500, Inc. 500 and five-time Best for the World awardee. He is a veteran of clean energy entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy, and mission-related investing. He has advised companies like Sparkfund, Sorcero, CrowdTangle (acq. Facebook '16), Faraday, nonprofits like Unfunded List, SumOfUs.org, and is Senior Advisor to Village Capital's Energy program. He helped incubate the global fossil fuel divestment movement that has now been adopted by asset owners with trillions under management. A founder of Solidaire, the OPEN fund, and Board Chair of Climate Hawks Vote, he previously served as the Family Philanthropy Organizer for Resource Generation, and Vice President, Project Finance for Mosaic. He was a NextGen Fellow in Mission Related Investing and before graduating from Macalester College developed the first student-led Clean Energy Revolving Fund.
Morning Plenary: A Word from the Unfunded
Finish your breakfast, take a final sip of coffee, and grab a seat in the main lecture hall for the morning plenary. We will begin with short welcome from the original evaluator, Jane Moss, followed by some brief remarks from founder Dave Moss.
We will then hear from our Unfunded speakers. All of our morning panelists represent award-winning, DC-based community serving organizations. Mei Powers is the Chief Development Officer of Miriam's Kitchen and Bethany Rubin Henderson is an Echoing Green Fellow and current Executive Director of DC Scores. They will start us off with a thoughtful discussion about what it means to be Unfunded and how Evaluators like us can be supportive. There will be time for questions and we will conclude with some poetry performed by Charity Blackwell of DC Scores.
Afternoon Plenary: A Conversation with some Funders
As advisors to nonprofits, one of the most important things we can do is connect fledgling, unfunded ideas to interested, influential funders. The critical feedback we provide to our applicants helps them perfect and grow their programs. But when we are able to open doors for the better proposals we review, that is when we are able to create new funding opportunities.
This afternoon, we'll be joined by several friends of the List who are also involved in funding programs and who are regularly making their own funding decisions.
Our esteemed panelists include: Richard Graves a solar industry investor involved in his family's philanthropy; Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi a current Unfunded List honoree, evaluator, and donor; as well as Nazlin Bhimji the program director at Global Good Fund. The session will be moderated by Ian “The Monopoly Man" Madrigal who currently serves as an Unfunded List board member.