Unfunded List hosted the first ever Evaluator Summit in September of 2018 at George Washington University in partnership with the GW Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Click here to review some materials and information about the event, and apply here if you are interested in joining our team of evaluators.

What is the Evaluator Summit?

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

Evaluator Summit Speakers & Presenters

-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.

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