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The Unfunded List Library Articles

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
Echoing Green Logo
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
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
The Most Overused Words in Grantwriting
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

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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 Phttps://unfundedlist.com/alexander-berger-pinot-noir/roject (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