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How Social Impact Giving is Shaking Up the World of Philanthropy

When it comes to philanthropy, it’s usually universities, museums, and hospitals that get major donations. But there’s a Chicago organization shaking up that paradigm. Lever for Change is an offshoot of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, working to change the world of philanthropy by giving to overlooked organizations.

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Cousins Majed (right) and Majida (left) study on their iPads provided by the Basmeh & Zeitooneh Education Program at Shatila Camp, Beirut after switching from face-to-face learning activities to online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bold Solutions Network

Lever for Change competitions provide the opportunity for donors, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs to connect and solve global challenges together. The top-ranked solutions amplified in our Bold Solutions Network propose bold ideas on a diverse range of issues. Through this Network, we catalyze big investments in outstanding teams and accelerate large-scale social change. Lever for Change is on track to unlock $1 billion in philanthropic capital to scale high-impact solutions by 2023.

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