Lever for Change was founded as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2019. Our mission is to tackle the world’s biggest problems—including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change.
Lever for Change’s model was designed to remove some of the barriers that lead to inequity in philanthropy. We encourage donors to broaden access to funding by shifting away from an invitation-only approach to an open-call model to source potential problem solvers.
We share our ambition and knowledge with the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, yet we recognize our place in a complex ecosystem where the experts on a given issue are the people who know it best: those who experience its consequences first-hand.
We center our work on the core values of openness, transparency, equity, and inclusion. We take intentional steps to ensure these values are represented throughout the services we provide and in each of our challenges.
We believe that solving big problems requires ambition, urgency, scale, and significant resources. If you do too, come and join our team!