Investors and Partners
Lever for Change’s four-year pilot is being funded with a $20 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a $5 million commitment from Lever for Change Board member Reid Hoffman, who has committed to provide an additional $5 million for technology support, as needed.
john D. and catherine t. MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of MacArthur’s headquarters city, Chicago.
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 40 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.
Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Partner at Greylock Partners
An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 he co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. In 2009 he joined Greylock Partners. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo, and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Initiative, and Lever for Change. He is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests. He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-Up of You and The Alliance. His new book is Blitzscaling, based on his Stanford course of the same name. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, and a graduate of Stanford University.
Lever for Change partners with donors to connect them with nonprofits and problem solvers they can be excited and confident about funding. It does so by administering custom competitions and by matching donors with the highly-rated, vetted proposals that such competitions yield. Current donor partners include the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Earth’s Call Fund, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, and three anonymous donors.
pritzker traubert foundation
In partnership with Lever for Change, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation (PTF) has launched the Chicago Prize to award $10 million to a single initiative on the South and/or West Side of Chicago that uses physical development and revitalization to create and strengthen civic infrastructure that catalyzes economic opportunities and improves the well-being of residents. PTF seeks to lift bold ideas that activate existing community plans and are led by teams with deep community partnerships and the expertise to leverage the grant, implement the initiative, and create impact.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Lever for Change is managing the second round of MacArthur’s 100&Change, a competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.
earth’s call FUND
Lever for Change is partnering with Earth’s Call Fund, a new collaborative nonprofit that funds innovative solutions to fight the climate crisis. Through this partnership, Lever for Change will help them find and fund impactful climate solutions. Earth’s Call will launch a $20 million competition in 2020 — the first phase of their $50 million commitment to fund bold proposals to combat climate change through Lever for Change. In addition, Earth’s Call will work with other partners to fund climate solutions in 2019 and beyond.
Lyda Hill Philanthropies
Lever for Change is partnering with Lyda Hill Philanthropies to launch a competition focused on the state of Texas in early 2020. Lyda Hill Philanthropies encompasses the charitable giving for founder Lyda Hill and includes her foundation and personal philanthropy. Because Miss Hill has a fervent belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research.
Lever for Change partners with donor collaboratives and philanthropic advisors to identify their members who are interested in funding competitions or the vetted proposals in the Lever for Change Solutions Bank. LFC partners may also encourage their members to participate as competition judges and to share information about competitions with organizations who may wish to apply. Current LFC partners include ICONIQ Impact, Asia Philanthropy Circle, and AVPN.
Lever for Change is partnering with ICONIQ Impact, ICONIQ Capital’s new platform for collaborative philanthropy. Through this partnership, ICONIQ families will be able to sponsor bespoke competitions and to fund highly-rated, vetted proposals on social issues of their choice. ICONIQ Impact’s goal is to unlock philanthropic capital and guide it to proven social entrepreneurs with scalable models that can have an outsized, measurable impact in addressing social causes. Inspired by the investment edge afforded by their network of founders and CEOs across industries, ICONIQ Impact aims to create the same dynamic of collective wisdom and apply it to the philanthropic world.
Asia Philanthropy Circle
Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC) is a membership-based platform for philanthropists to exchange, coordinate and collaborate, to advance a better Asia. Founded in 2015 by philanthropists for philanthropists, the mission is to accelerate private action for the public good by addressing systemic challenges through collaborative philanthropy. APC believes that strategic and engaged philanthropists can be the change agents needed to address Asia’s social challenges. To do so, APC acts as a convenor capability builder, advocate and catalyst for action. Specifically, APC is action-biased through joint projects amongst its members, builds members’ capabilities through exchange and connection to best practices, and advocates for the development of the philanthropy ecosystem in the region.
As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 590+ members globally. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.