Unfunded List conducts two rounds of proposal review annually. Unfunded proposals come in through our website and we thoughtfully assign them to a cohort of relevant evaluators. Our committee includes over 300 experts from a variety of fields and new members are added weekly – ensuring that we are capable of reviewing any social impact funding proposal on any topic. The experience for evaluators is rewarding and flexible and the time commitment minimal. Twice a year evaluators receive a curated batch of proposals most relevant to their work and are given 1.5 to 2 months to provide their feedback which we collate into reports and deliver to the applicants. Our goal is to provide helpful and candid feedback to every proposal we receive along with recognition and additional opportunities for the best proposals we review.
The evaluation committee is a great way to grow professional skills while giving back to the social sector by supporting the strategic efforts of struggling but high potential nonprofits. We review proposals twice a year, the review is done at your leisure, evaluators have a full 6 weeks to read the proposals and they can submit their feedback directly in whatever format makes most sense (the Unfunded List team also provides a handy form for submitting feedback). It takes about an hour to review one proposal and the potential impact is huge. For a lot of these applicants this is their first exposure to critical feedback from an expert.
We are looking for helpful and candid feedback and we ask each evaluator to focus on their areas of expertise. Editors make grammar and spelling comments, grant-writers comment on formatting and phrasing and use their knowledge of the sector to suggest potential funders, our issue area experts comment on impact and the field, while our more well-networked evaluators think of potential funders that the applicant could go to next. We even have reviewers who are funders themselves and consider the proposal for their own philanthropy. The goal is comprehensive and useful feedback for every applicant with as many tangible suggestions as possible. If this sounds fun and you’re willing to join the committee please fill out the form above.
The following individuals have participated in at least one round of Unfunded List review. The majority are still active members and we are recruiting new members every week.