Investors & Donor Partners


Lever for Change is being co-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 is providing 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 our 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.


Reid Hoffman

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 the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&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, 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

Lever for Change is partnering with Earth’s Call, 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 will partner 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.