status: Parker 2007
Fri Jan 4 13:12:04 EST 2008
Andy's (51 Market St) lends a certain useful perspective to my status reporting. Especially on the first Thursday of the month which is "Spoken Word open mike night" As I started this status report, there was a guy barking like a dog "Art! Art! Art!", He was (considering the difficulty of his medium) pretty good. The crowd certainly dug it. Anyway, we've all been waiting for news from the Parker Foundation. Yesterday afternoon, I talked to Phil Hall. We weren't funded this round. Phil will (CC'd) correct me if I err, but the quick strong/weak points of our application: Strong: We are unique, nobody is doing what we do. There is a need for what we do. Many strong letters, calls and emails of support from Parker fundees who value what we do. Weak: Not a compelling business plan Not a conventional organization Funding #2 guy before #1 Before I talked to Phil I talked to one of our best customers, supporters and a avid reader of Cadre-Politics. Our friend advised me to ask Phil about applying for funding in the next round instead of waiting the year Parker usually requires between unfunded requests. I was psyching up to ask, when Phil suggested that such an earlier application might be possible. Moreover, Phil volunteered he'd talk with our friends at Jericho Road and with his friends at 3rd Sector New England about getting a better business plan together. We are not a conventional organization and that is probably part of our success. I'm going to need a few more rounds of tutoring to completely understand what we need to lose to move forward and what needs a little chrome plating so we can hide it and keep it. All of us are disappointed, especially Josh who will have to abrade a few more millimeters of his soul at his cushy well paid corporate job, and __ who will wait a bit longer for her server and reliable backups. All of us, (especially those of us who played violent high school sports) are tired of Vaseline on the teeth , inspirational cliches.  http://www.wikihow.com/Have-Spirit-in-Cheerleading So, of that, not so much. If the poetry dawg didn't lighten the now slightly darker bits of your soul, consider a donation at: http://thecsl.org/go/donate/ No worries if you don't have the full $50,000 we wanted from this round of Parker funding. We'd not have gotten as far as we did without your tech problems, letters and calls of support, hard work, prayers and (from you secular humorists) good vibrations. Thank you, you've done a lot. There is no crises. Our low, low overhead and Eric Bryant's hard work will keep us in the game, but we're better off with your spare money than we are without it.