Re: homeless activist's journal

Daniel Myers (
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 17:36:29 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, Tom Boland wrote:

> I feel like I just ran a marathon.  All four folks who promised to show at
> the proposal review meeting came, which was very kind.  The foundation's
> questions were pointed at times, and the HPN crew spoke well in our
> defense.  My hunch is still that the grantmaker will deny us funding, but
> offer to hire a technical assistant to help us develop a management
> structure.
> Damn.  I need rent money, and the list needs computer equipment, not expert
> advice.  The foundation folks seemed to think an internet discussion list
> would probably not help homeless people in Massachusetts.  It was like
> "maybe you're not ready for funding yet".
> So what do I do in the meantime?  Seek other funding sources, actually.
> I want to thank Sandy, who wrote a fine letter of support for us, offering
> to help evaluate HPN's effectiveness at reaching our goals and my
> effectiveness in working to build a list useful to members.
> The foundation folks looked bored and wary to me.  We'll see.
> I'm glad the review meeting is over.  It was a test, and we'll know our
> grade by mid-month, I think.  Tonight I am nearly brain-dead from the
> strain of preparing for the rewiew.
> There are so many homeless-run groups locally that want funds, compared
> with the pool of money that the foundation has to disperse.  Whatever the
> foundation subcommittee recommended yesterday, I'll live with the results
> and continue to do my best.  In any case, all this effort is not wasted,
> because it helps the list clarify our mission, and because all of us are
> learning something.
> Peace out.--Tom Boland

I bet you supplied them with the information which you failed to disclose
to me.