Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate, whose mission is to unlock philanthropic capital and accelerate positive social change around the world’s biggest challenges.Learn more about us
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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. Applicants must register by January 28, 2020.
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.
Launched on April 30, 2019, the second round of the MacArthur Foundation’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.
In 2020, in partnership with Lever for Change, ICONIQ Impact will launch two global competitions funded by their client-base — a $12 million ICONIQ Impact Award focused on securing a durable future for refugees and a separate $10+ million ICONIQ Impact Award with the topic to be announced in 2020.
In February 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.
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.
In March 2020, Lyda Hill Philanthropies will launch a $10+ million competition focused on improving the lives of Texans in the areas of health, the environment, and workforce development.
In June 2020, Earth’s Call Fund will launch a $20 million global competition to find and fund innovative solutions to the climate crisis.
Our unique approach
Building off 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 competitions 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.About Us
Bold Solutions Network
The strongest proposals from 100&Change and other competitions run by Lever for Change will be publicly listed in the Bold Solutions Network, a repository containing the top-rated proposals for addressing the most pressing social issues of our time.
Each of these proposals undergoes extensive evaluation and due diligence, allowing donors to dive deeply into proposals of potential interest. This approach benefits applicants not selected for funding by competition sponsors by providing additional exposure to other potential funders.Bold Solutions Network