Open Door Philanthropy Podcast

Unfunded List’s mission is to educate future generations of philanthropists and social entrepreneurs about fundraising and the philanthropic process. Our main program of proposal evaluation reviews hundreds of unfunded proposals a year and provides feedback directly from relevant experts. Sometimes we’re even able to connect unfunded proposals with funders when we find a match.

The Open Door Philanthropy Podcast is an opportunity to dive deeper into how major giving works through long form interviews with major givers and experts in philanthropy. Foundation heads, heirs, heiresses, and other wealthy patrons open their doors to Unfunded List founder Dave Moss to discuss philanthropy at length in great detail.

Season 4

Collaborative Giving

We are currently in our fourth season of the Open Door Philanthropy Podcast. This season’s theme is simple in concept but tricky in implementation; Collaborative Giving. Learn how each of our guests channel the power of collaborative giving in their work. 

Season 4, Episode 3; Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, ED, CJI Fund

Aleah Bacquie Vaughn, Executive Director of the CJI Fund, sits down for a long, wide ranging interview with Dave that spans from Aleah’s childhood, to her career in Africa advocating for the release of political prisoners, to her work with CJI Fund supporting incarceration justice here in the US.

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Special Series:

Unfunded List founder and Open Door Philanthropy host Dave Moss interviews his father, Richard Moss, about America’s Philanthropy History. 

You can read more about how this project came to be or simply listen to the series of interviews, plus the keynote address that inspired it, below. 

Season She (three)

Season She (three) highlights women in our sector and explores the unique experiences of being woman-identified in philanthropy.

Candice Cook appears on the Open Door Philanthropy Podcast

Candice Cook – Cook Law Group

Candice Cook philanthropist, lawyer, activist, mom, cronut trademarker, and superstar attended Reality Global 2015 a Schusterman Foundation funded trip to Israel for globally-minded entrepreneurs. Also on that trip was Unfunded List founder Dave Moss. They caught up in the podcast booth this year at Nexus US.

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Season Two - Nexus Summit 2018

Season 2 of the Open Door Philanthropy Podcast was recorded at the 2018 Nexus US Summit that took place at the United States Institute of Peace, located in Washington, D.C. We set up a recording booth at the Summit and interviewed a number of attendees about their work and what drew them to Nexus. 

Season 1

In the first season of the Open Door Philanthropy Podcast, our host, Dave Moss, sits down with major individual donors, board members of “invitation only” foundations, hip millennials, arts patrons, activists and Giving Pledge signatories to candidly discuss their philanthropy and purpose.

Our mission is to demystify philanthropy for the general public while providing a platform for our guests to discuss their working lives and lively conversation about the life that led to their legacy.

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"The" List

Our key takeaways and insights from each round of submissions.


Our podcasts seek to connect various aspects of the philanthropy world and provide insights into the world of funding, programming and implementation.


Our articles are important resources for funders and fundraisers, grant writers and grant makers.


We love to get together with our evaluators and fellow travelers within the world of philanthropy to share ideas and improve our work.