Boston Office Hours: Part 2! Thursday, 1/12/12

January 11, 2012

awesomedog.jpgEvery month we are floored by the fun/inspiring/hilarious/surprising/moving applications that arrive via the complex set of tubes known as the interwebs. 

At our last meeting we got to talking about how the text based format of the review process doesn’t do justice to some of the submissions we receive. Sometimes a tweak in how an idea is explained or the addition of a quirky twist to the project plan can take a really cool application and dial it up to completely freakin’ AWESOME.

To add that missing Interactive/3D/IRL component to the funding process, we held the first ‘Office Hours’ session in December. A bunch of Boston trustees hung out with awesome, super creative, dynamic peeps interested in applying for a grant. We discussed ideas and gave tips on strengthening proposals. It went so well that we decided to make it a regular thing.

About once a month (most likely on a Thursday), we’ll hold court in an embarrassingly nerdy/trendy establishment after work. Ideas will be exchanged. Brains will be stormed. Noms and beverages will be consumed.

You!  Trustees, past grantees, applicants, and friends/community members. We’re keeping it broad ’cause wouldn’t it be cool if some of these crazy/brilliant ideas met, fell in love, and had babies? In all seriousness, the people who apply for awesome foundation grants are an unconventional and remarkable crew. If we put y’all in a room together, hijinks will surely ensue. So, let’s get together, chat, and we’ll be happy to provide guidance regarding what makes a proposal stand out.

Thursday, January 12, 2012 @ 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Think Tank in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. (Check the map here.)

If you can come to only part of the office hours, that’s fine but please do RSVP so we can coordinate. Reserve a time slot here on or email Sam Novey at Make sure to include your email addy and cell number so we can get in touch if need be.