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The Unfunded List Library catalogs articles, podcasts, and videos that further our mission of educating the public about philanthropy.

Welcome to the Library

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…

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Giving Stories

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://unfundedlist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dave-Moss-Intro.mp4" autoplay="true"][/video]   I’ve interviewed over 25 different people about giving for the #WineGrants podcast that I…

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Being Objective about #GivingTuesday

While the intent behind it is noble, there has not been enough critical analysis of #GivingTuesday. Several years after the…

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Starting a Non-Profit? Here are a Few Simple Tips on Filing for 501(c)(3) Status

The other day, I was enjoying my morning in a 4-star (Yelp) café and overheard a conversation between two young…

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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.…

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Are you Unfunded?

Are you Unfunded?

Making the world better by running a nonprofit or other cause requires access to capital. Social change doesn't happen for…

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Leaving Government And Considering The Unfunded Sector?

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…

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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…

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After the Rejection: Tales of Failed Echoing Green Applications

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…

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Unfunded List FAQs

The Unfunded List is a new and innovative program that gives helpful and candid feedback to unfunded grant proposals. Sometimes,…

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A Guide for Breaking into the Grant Consulting Field

As you can guess, the majority of our attention is occupied to giving the best unfunded ideas opportunities for support.…

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“Date Your Donors” and the Rules of Philanthropic Relationships

Aspiring philanthropists and social impact entrepreneurs typically enter the fundraising game with limited guidance. As we've mentioned before, there's a…

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The Most Overused Words in Grant-Writing

Every profession has its fair share of mind-numbing jargon. Whether it's marketing/business development managing to turn the word "expert" into…

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Many Aspiring Social Impact Organizations Lack Key Information

A month ago,  myself - along with Unfunded List evaluation team members Daniel Karpantschof, Frances Holuba and Candice Cook - co-hosted…

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Wounded Warrior Project and the Ethical Line

Wounded Warrior Project and the Ethical Line

The New York Times' recent investigation into the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has sent rumbles throughout through the philanthropy community. Over the…

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How to get Noticed When Grant Solicitations are Invitation-Only

How to get Noticed When Grant Solicitations are Invitation-Only

Foundations are inundated with thousands of grant applications, and the Unfunded List's mission is to offer recognition and connections to…

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Will Arts Organizations be Left Behind?

As the tech boom grows in cities like Seattle and Silicon Valley, data-driven philanthropy continues to gain momentum. Wealthy young individuals…

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GiveWell and the Concept of Effective Altruism

We continue to focus on the growth of data-driven philanthropy in our latest Wine Grants podcast with GiveWell and Open…

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Disconnect in Silicon Valley

If you've listened to our Wine Grants podcast with Ryan Derfler, we recommend that you read his recent article published…

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The Emerging Critical Backlash Against Philanthropists

The Emerging Critical Backlash Against Philanthropists

Gawker media - a publication known for habitually stepping over the line in its vitriol toward public figures - has…

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Major Foundations Aim to Address Big Ideas

We encourage everyone to check out this article from the New York Times. Major funders - such as the Ford and…

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Amy Schumer’s Cat Park Illustrates Funding Dilemma

The following video is hilarious, and plays right into our cat-loving sensibilities. It also raises an important question, however, about…

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The Unfunded List

CONTACT: Dave Moss, Unfunded List, 202-257-8870, unfundedlist@gmail.com The Unfunded List – an organization that identifies and promotes great ideas that have…

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