We're kicking off our 2014 Back to School fundraising campaign! All donations collected between now and October 31 will go directly to scholarships to help regular, deserving students have a chance at college success.

Donate today:

Click here to find out more about why we're proud to be the anti-merit scholarship.



The Endowment is looking for new board members! If you are interested in the work that we do, or interested in doing good work, simply fill out and submit this application! All are welcome, and our meetings are a lot of fun.



Thanks to your support, Megan Stewart is enrolled in a project management course which will help her create exciting new exhibits for a children's science museum.



The JP Gazette thinks we're pretty unexceptionally cool. Check out this article!


We had a great time at Somerville Art Beat! Thanks to everyone who stopped by! If you didn't get a chance to do some drawing, you can download this coloring sheet!



Nine Authors Nine Items: A Storytelling Auction

Save the date! Friday, May 11. At 8 pm, we will be hosting a benefit in Somerville, MA: a reading featuring nine local authors. Each author will read a short work about an item that is close to his or her heart—gift certificates, various services, signed books, childhood art projects. After each reading, the item will be auctioned off by local auctioneer Lulu Savage. It'll be a great way to hear entertaining stories and support the Endowment's mission.

The complete list of readers is as follows:

  • Hannah Baker-Siroty
  • Stace Budzko
  • Christopher Boucher (How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, Melville House, 2011)
  • Sarah Braunstein (The Sweet Relief of Missing Children, Norton, 2011)
  • Brad Clompus
  • William Giraldi (Busy Monsters, Norton, 2011)
  • Julia Lissella (Love Song Hiroshima, Finishing Line Press, 2004; Terrain, WordTech Communications, 2007)
  • Micah Nathan (Gods of Aberdeen, Simon & Schuster, 2005; Losing Graceland, Broadway, 2011)
  • Cammy Thomas (Cathedral of Wish, Four Way, 2005)

The event will be held at First Church Somerville, close to the Davis Square stop on the Red Line—here's a map. If you'd like a flyer for the event, there's a sharp-looking one here here: feel free to make copies and circulate them widely! We also have an official release for press outlets.


The I Have A Plan contest has a winner! Congratulations to Kristen, who won a super-cool messenger bag in our summer drawing!


Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to award a travel grant to Mara Reynolds!

Mara needed to attend an intensive three-day training session at the Edible Schoolyard Academy in order to continue with her plan to become a garden-based educator. We were able to provide her with funds for registration, travel, and lodging. Learn more about Mara's story.


This year, our goal is to raise at least $5000 for scholarships and grants. To get started, we have launched our "I Have A Plan" campaign. The Endowment for Unexceptional Humans asked people to share their plans with us, and this is what they came up with! Get involved by making a donation today.

Also consider uploading your own "I Have A Plan" video.
(Tag it with "ihaveaplan" so we can find it; we'll share some of the best.)

Boston-area residents can also participate in the campaign in person, by visiting the 1369 Coffeehouse in Cambridge. Fill out an "I Have A Plan" slip and be entered into our drawing to win our super-cool messenger bag.

We can't wait to hear from you!


We are thrilled to report that we have awarded a grant to Brenda E.!

Brenda requested help in fulfilling her dream of obtaining licensure as an architect, and we feel confident that with our help she now has the financial and community support she needs to study for and pass all of her exams. Learn more about Brenda's story.


Congratulations to Mara Reynolds! Mara received a scholarship from The Endowment for Unexceptional Humans to cover the cost of attending the Edible Schoolyard Academy: Creating Garden & Kitchen Classrooms in Every Community. This three-day immersion training will enable Mara to develop a top-quality, safe, and replicable "edible education" model that pairs trained educators with community- and school-based garden sites throughout Portland.


We just ended our first grant cycle and awarded our first big grant. Congratulations to Peter Metzger and the Envision Skate Collective! They have a plan. We're providing support. Learn more about Peter's story.


We have a new item in the store for the holidays! Awesome messenger bags, previously available only to donors to our fundraising campaign! $75, all of it going to support Endowment grants and programs.



Our first fundraising drive was successful! We are thrilled to have raised over $3000 for scholarships and grants! Thank you!



The fundraising drive is live:

Consider contributing!



We are about to launch a new fundraising drive! Check back soon for more details and a link to our Kickstarter page. Remember that you can also always get the latest news by "liking" us on Facebook or by subscribing to our Twitter feed.



We have two new members of the Board of Directors!

The Endowment for Unexceptional Humans is thrilled to welcome Devlin Farmer and Rebecca Prahl to the Board of Directors. Please check out our Contact page for more about them.


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Amy L Clark, Jeremy P Bushnell, and Scott Thomson.