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Our History

In 2015, founder Dave Moss started the Unfunded List in order to harness the power of the honorable mention and to bring added attention, recognition and funding to ideas that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

We founded the Unfunded List with a simple mission: to provide feedback and recognition to unfunded grant proposals. What started as an informal effort to support social entrepreneurs with feedback has evolved into a vision of unlocking the value of an abundant and underutilized resource – well-conceived but unfunded proposals. There is no shortage of great ideas and potential solutions out there, but new programs need better support and the funding community needs a better way to identify and move new solutions forward.

Every submission receives detailed feedback on their proposal from our talented Evaluation Committee. Feedback could include introductions to other potential funders, suggested improvements to the proposal, potential partnerships, etc. and will be tailored to each individual application. Proposals from small nonprofits that have been submitted yet gone unfunded might also be published to the Unfunded List.

Our Team

Dave Moss

Unfunded List Founder

Dave Moss is an actor, producer, fundraiser and grant-writer but mostly he is the founder of the Unfunded List. Over his career he had the pleasure to be involved with the launch of the Nexus Summit, the “It’s On Us” Campaign, The Slingshot Fund, and several successful activist and legislative campaigns. After a decade of experience on both sides of the fundraising specrum (fundraiser and funder) he understands the unique frustrations on both sides and founded the Unfunded List to educate the next generation of social entrepreneurs about philanthropy. You can contact Dave at

Margaret Chapman

Unfunded List Master of All The Things

Margaret Chapman has managed budgets from $50,000 to over $50 million annually including START International, Inc., the George Washington Cancer Institute, and various projects for the Pew Charitable Trusts. Most importantly, In 2017, she helped the Unfunded List successfully file for 501c3 status and serves as our director of finance and administration while providing crucial support to our evaluation committee. She is the Provost of Unfunded University and holds an MBA and MA both from George Washington University. You can contact Margaret at