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Russ Finkelstein is a managing partner at Clearly Next and was on the founding team of where he led the team focused on revenue-generating activities. Russ serves or has served in advisory roles for the Point Foundation, the Moss Family Foundation, the Schusterman Foundation, City Hall Fellows, Equalize Youth, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Selah, Equalize Youth, New Organizing Institute, the Lookout DC and countless others. Most recently he has joined the evaluation committee for the Unfunded List and stopped by the booth to drink some fancy gourmet soda out of a wine glass with Dave Moss (who was drinking wine). Listen to their unscripted chat about the unfunded.

Unfunded List’s Wine Grants Podcast gathers philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and changemakers of all stripes. Hosted by Dave Moss, who started Unfunded List in 2015 to help make sure that the next generation of changemakers get the feedback and recognition they need to be successful. Our mission is to demystify and open the door to private philanthropy for the general public while providing a platform for our guests to discuss their life’s work.

Unfunded List reviews funding proposals twice annually from small and mid-size nonprofits and social impact startups. The 200+ philanthropy experts on our evaluation committee give helpful and candid feedback about each grant proposal’s weaknesses & strengths. Then we publish the best proposals to our list that we circulate to a rolodex of foundations and philanthropists in the hopes that we can find some funding and partnerships for these amazing unfunded proposals. Unfunded List is always accepting proposals at We invite your org to join the Unfunded List awardees and 100+ other projects that our funding evaluators have given feedback to since 2015. Find out more and submit at

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