Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps. Known for his irreverent sense of humor, Vu's work has been featured at Nonprofit Quarterly, GuideStar's blog, Chronicle of Philanthropy, as well as dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at, formerly

Popularity-based grants are irritating, harmful, and need to end

Funding contests where groups compete to get the most votes to win money from a corporate partner are well intentioned, but hurtful to nonprofits.

The Frustration with Innovation

Bright Shiny Object Syndrome and its effect on the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit funding: Ordering a cake and restricting it too

Too many nonprofits spend too much time navigating the complex maze of funding restrictions, time that could be better spent delivering and improving on services.

Answers on grant proposals if nonprofits were brutally honest with funders

It’s not that nonprofits lie when writing proposals, it’s just that they’ve been trained to tell funders exactly they want to hear, sugarcoating everything in jargon.

Capacity Building 9.0: Fund people to do stuff, get out of their way

We can come up with fancy new terms for capacity building, but it comes down to two elements: support the right people and remove barriers that prevent them from succeeding.

Hey, you want nonprofits to act more like businesses?

Vu Le irreverently takes on the frustrating reality nonprofit leaders face when they are judged as for-profit businesses.