5 Tips for Writing Successful Grant Proposals

People who are applying for grants often ask me for advice on how to write successful grant proposals.  I think grant writers should be called grantwrights just like playwrights because good grant proposals are wrought just as much as they are written. The process for writing grant proposals is messy and cumbersome and confusing. That … Continued

Giving Stories

  I’ve interviewed over 25 different people about giving for the #WineGrants podcast that I hosted and another half dozen major philanthropists for my new podcast Open Door Philanthropy (stay tuned for updates as we’ll be releasing them soon). Before podcasting I worked as a major donor fundraiser for a decade and had countless conversations … Continued

Being Objective about #GivingTuesday

While the intent behind it is noble, there has not been enough critical analysis of #GivingTuesday. Several years after the first charitable giving day, I have started to develop concerns. There is no hard evidence that it increases overall giving and there is some evidence to suggest that it decreases contributions through cannibalization. It might … Continued

Approaching a Family Foundation is like Having Dinner with a Family

Here at the Unfunded List we are currently quite busy reviewing our fourth and largest round of unfunded proposal submissions. By the time we complete our review next month and announce the next iteration of the Unfunded List (June 1st – Stay Tuned!) we will have reviewed proposals from over 75 startup social good organizations – mostly nonprofits. … Continued

Are you Unfunded?

Too often, the hardworking entrepreneurs with great ideas to fix the world have the door to funding shut in their face.

Leaving Government And Considering The Unfunded Sector?

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 … Continued

Catching up with the (previously) Unfunded: Accountability Lab

    Catching Up with Accountability Lab, One of Our First Unfunded Applicants Accountability lab is an international organization that trains, mentors, and supports promising young leaders around the world to strengthen accountability and unleash positive social and economic change. With offices in the United States, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Mali, they are making a … Continued

After the Rejection: Tales of Failed Echoing Green Applications

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 … Continued

Mary Galeti & Blair Glencorse – Table White

Mary Galeti serves on the Unfunded List evaluation committee and runs the Tecovas Foundation. They fund a number of small nonprofits including Accountability Lab founded by Blair Glencorse. He submitted a proposal that made it onto the inaugural Unfunded List.  Mary, Dave and Blair are all members of the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Blair and Dave … Continued