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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. 


Lever for Change matches philanthropists with powerful solutions and problem solvers to accelerate social change. Our approach enables philanthropists to achieve their ambitions by providing them with the tools and resources to maximize their giving. We give social change organizations the opportunity to think big while preparing them to achieve more impactful results at a deeper scale. Together, we can help solve society’s greatest challenges. Are you ready to place a big bet on a solution to a critical challenge?


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Our 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 does this through either managing customized competitions or by matching philanthropists with the top vetted proposals from such 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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