The Unfunded List
The Unfunded List
Fall 2018 Update
The Unfunded List received our largest pool of proposals over the summer of 2018 and our committee of expert evaluators reviewed them diligently this past fall. Our review culminated with the first ever Evaluator Summit 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.
The 30+ proposals that we reviewed were written by folks working all over the globe and our applicants are, more or less, trying to solve every major social problem with new and innovative solutions. We reviewed proposals for programs and solutions for recidivism, for fossil fuel dependency, for education curriculum in Ghana, yoga programs, interfaith dialogue programs, programs dealing with all aspects of health and programs covering various elements of systemic problems like global migration and homelessness. All of the proposals we received this round were strong and we are looking forward to continuing to support every applicant. We have chosen three of the proposals from this most recent review round that we feel are worth highlighting at this time.
The three proposals that we are adding to the Unfunded List were submitted by: AsylumConnect, National Medical Fellowships, and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation. AsylumConnect supports LGBT individuals seeking asylum, National Medical Fellowships provides educational and practical opportunities for underrepresented minority students and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, an Australian-based NGO is focused on researching cerebral palsy which affects over 17 million people.
When it comes to issues like migration and health, we often look to the Government to lead the way on key social issues. When our Governments fail to adequately confront these social issues it can make us feel helpless and scared for the future. The good news is that there are nongovernmental options for individuals concerned about the lack of minority representation in the medical field, as well as for donors interested in supporting an international alliance of palsy researchers, and even for welcoming citizens who want to provide support and assistance to LGBT migrants seeking asylum. Indeed there is no shortage of potential solutions to our social problems. Our Government can and must do better and a good start would be if our elected officials listened harder and longer and did more to support the hardworking unfunded social entrepreneurs around the globe.
National Medical Fellowships
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
Spring 2018 Update
The Spring 2018 pool of unfunded grant proposals and other materials that we received was one of the strongest we 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. Our founder and board choose proposals to highlight each round based on a variety of factors mostly merit and issue area importance.
We hope you’ll enjoy reading about the work of the organizations below. Each have their own unique response to a solveable social problem. These proposals deserve to be funded. Enjoy.
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. The program has already been successful in Nigeria and is expanding into neighboring Niger. This proposal has the added advantage of a generous donor matching contributions up to $250,000.
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. We were particularly impressed by their efforts to encourage institutional grant-makers to consider how their grantees include those with disabilities.