I'm so sorry that current circumstances prevent me from upgrading to any paid subscriptions including Netflix, Hulu, Roxane Gay and other great writers such as yourself. As soon as that changes, you will be one of the first people on my list. :)

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Apr 19Liked by Skye Pillsbury

I'm reading this on my study break at 11pm in the law library, feeling relief, sort of. I almost pursued Prince Lobel for a summer clerkship. My prof was the one who told me to do my due diligence. I know there are other women turning to law school after the layoffs. Please use the advice I got. (A) Reach out to women former employees of firms who will clue you in to things that men won't. (B) Get connected through your affinity bar right away and stay active. But, (C) Before applying, google terms like "diversity"/"legal profession" and "women of color lawyers" and read the full reports. I'm doing this now and am terrified by how common the thinking and outcomes above are. I'm giving myself this summer's internship at a reputedly welcoming firm to decide if I should continue come Fall.

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Apr 7Liked by Skye Pillsbury

Regarding The Takeaway - my 2c below. With the caveat that I have zero experience in media grants specifically. From my experience in non-profit grant writing and management this happens all the time, unfortunately.

I strongly, strongly doubt WNYC does not have a way to track restricted and unrestricted funds. This points more to a lack of understanding about what the commitment to the show is from the organization, what the goals for the show are and how to get there. A failure to communicate if you will.

When the budget for the grant proposal gets put together there should be a conversation between whoever is driving the proposal and the larger organization about how is this money going to be used.

Will we hire new people since this is new work? Rare

Will it fund new resources (new equipment, bonuses, new Part time support)? Sometimes

Will we use to sustain operations at their current level even though we are agreeing to more work? Frequently, yes. It’s not a good way to run things but it happens often.

It doesn’t sound like this conversation happened here. It’s entirely possible that all the new funds were spent on the show. It’s also possible that this new funding meant management could then pull existing funding from other sources and reallocate it elsewhere. They could even say they reallocated it to some larger organizational goal that benefits everyone. Unless the funder agreement specifically said they committed to hiring new staff totally different from existing staff, nothing precludes them from doing the above. And most organizations would shy away from taking funding that was so clearly earmarked, not just for a program but that dictated who you could and couldn’t hire.

I really feel for MHP because she spent professional capital assuming her goals were aligned with the orgs and it’s bot always the case.

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Thank you for all of this.

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