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Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate, whose mission is to unlock significant philanthropic capital and accelerate positive social change around the world’s biggest challenges. 

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Featured Competitions

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Open for Registration
Lone Star Prize

Launched on March 31, 2020, the Lone Star Prize will award $10 million to an innovative, proven solution that improves the quality of life for Texans.

Environment
Health
Workforce
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Open for Registration
Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award

Launched on January 29, 2020, the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award is a $12 million global competition to fund a solution that secures a durable future for refugees and improves their lives. Applicants must register online by May 5, 2020.

Refugee Support
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Registration Closed; In Process
Economic Opportunity Challenge

Launched on October 15, 2019, the Economic Opportunity Challenge will award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution aimed to improve the economic health of low-income families in the U.S. The application period is closed.

Economic Opportunity/Mobility
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Registration Closed; In Process
Chicago Prize

On April 16, 2019, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation launched the Chicago Prize to award $10 million to a community-led, investment-ready initiative that will create a better economic future for residents on Chicago’s South and/or West Side. The application period is closed.

Community Improvement/Capacity Building
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Registration Closed; In Process
100&Change

Launched on April 30, 2019, the second round of MacArthur's $100 million global competition will fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. The application period is closed.

Open to Any Subject
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Upcoming
Increasing Women's Power and Influence

In early 2020, Lever for Change will partner with an organization to launch a $10 million competition focused on increasing women’s power and influence in the U.S.

Details forthcoming
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Upcoming
2030 Climate Challenge

In April 2020, a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will launch a $10 million competition focused on emissions reduction in the transportation, buildings, and/or industrial sectors in the U.S.

Details forthcoming
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Our unique approach

Building on the success of 100&Change, the MacArthur Foundation’s breakthrough $100 million competition, Lever for Change helps philanthropists source vetted, high-impact philanthropic opportunities and connects nonprofits and problem solvers to significant amounts of philanthropic capital. Lever for Change helps philanthropists find and fund vetted, high impact philanthropic solutions either through the design and management of customized competitions or by identifying opportunities from the Bold Solutions Network, a searchable database which contains top vetted proposals from all our competitions.

Through a rigorous, open, and transparent approach, Lever for Change inspires philanthropists to dramatically increase their giving by helping them source and identify the most promising ideas that will significantly impact the issues they care about most.

Lever for Change is a charitable organization created and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Lever for Change is not a program of the MacArthur Foundation and does not set, impact or influence MacArthur’s big bets, enduring commitments or field support programs. Under a contract with MacArthur, Lever helps to manage MacArthur’s 100&Change competition.

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Bold Solutions Network

Lever for Change launched the Bold Solutions Network as a vital component of its mission to accelerate social change and help philanthropists overcome the challenges that often prevent them from achieving their philanthropic ambitions. The Bold Solutions Network website is a searchable online collection of summaries of highly-rated, rigorously evaluated proposals or, “bold solutions,” that emerge from open competitions managed by Lever for Change.

Through the Bold Solutions Network, Lever for Change is building a pipeline of organizations ready to accelerate social change and matching those organizations with philanthropists. For participating organizations, the Bold Solutions Network offers ongoing learning and networking opportunities to strengthen the impact of their work, raise their visibility and increase their potential to secure additional funding.

Bold Solutions Network

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