The Unfunded List identifies and promotes great social change ideas that have not yet secured funding using a rigorous proposal evaluation process. All proposals submitted receive helpful feedback, but only those earning the highest evaluations make the twice annual Unfunded List.

Your proposal or idea could be featured on our official List if you submit it to Unfunded List for feedback from our Evaluation Committee. You will receive feedback and advice that can help your organization or mission, and have the possibility of being featured on our official List of underfunded ideas that deserve attention and recognition. 

You can also join our Evaluation Committee to give feedback and advice to other proposals and hone your skills and knowledge of the philanthropy world in our Library of Philanthropy Education. 


"The" Spring 2018 Unfunded List

The Spring 2018 pool of unfunded grant proposals and other materials was one of the strongest batches that we have ever received and we delivered more feedback than ever before. After speaking with each organization and delivering feedback from hundreds of experts we’ve chosen five organizations to whose proposals merit highlighting. 

The OASIS Initiative

Through safe spaces for adolescent girls, OASIS is sparking a gender revolution in the region. OASIS is a Niger-based NGO, supported by 501(c)3 nonprofit Venture Strategies for Health and Development and the University of California Berkeley.

Translators Without Voters

Translators Without Borders provides crucial translation services where they are needed most. Language barriers shouldn't get in the way of social impact. TWB works to close the language gap for humanitarians around the globe.


Respectability is an organization that supports the differently abled by fighting stigma, educating leaders and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.

Global Press Institute

Global Press Institute exists to create a more just and informed world by employing local women journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.

Heat Seek

Heat Seek's sensors monitor heat for New York City tenants during the heating season. Learn how they are helping New Yorkers avoid and solve heating complaints.

"The" Fall 2018 Unfunded List

We received our largest pool of proposals ever over the summer of 2018 and reviewed them diligently this past fall. This round, our review culminated with the first ever Evaluator Summit 2018 at George Washington University. The Summit gave us the opportunity to connect some of our applicants directly with reviewers as well as to build both fundraising and evaluation skills.


AsylumConnect is a comprehensive digital lifeline for persecuted LGBTQ people. Their mission is to provide persecuted & marginalized LGBTQ people with verified information and access community they need to live freely.

National Medical Fellowships

National Medical Fellowships’ mission is to provide scholarships and support for underrepresented minority students in medicine and the health professions.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation was established to fund the world’s best research to treat, prevent and find a cure for cerebral palsy.

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"The" List

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