United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Curated Collection
By: Kendall Ross | September 13, 2023
Embark on a journey of hope and change with Lever for Change as we delve into the inspiring initiatives of 17 exceptional organizations. Guided by the visionary objectives of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) in 2023, these organizations are part of Lever for Change's Bold Solutions Network. Together, they are driving remarkable progress towards the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing issues from hunger and health to environmental sustainability. Explore their impactful work and discover how your support can contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future for all.
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Competition As a Tool for Equitable Grantmaking
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | June 6, 2023
Newsletter Article
We’ve had a busy past few months at Lever for Change. In March, we launched MacKenzie Scott’s $250 million Yield Giving Open Call. While there has been some pushback on the eligibility requirements, which require organizations to have budgets between $1-5 million, I’m happy to share that we’ve received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from around the country.
2021 Swift Grants Update: Talent Beyond Boundaries
By: Vernon Smith | June 1, 2023
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network
Welcome to our blog series updates on Lever for Change's 2021 Swift Grants. In May 2021, Lever for Change introduced this Award to provide small grants to members of the Bold Solutions Network for collaborative projects. These grants allow some of the world's top problem solvers to leverage their expertise and work together to find innovative solutions in their respective fields. We are excited to share updates on the progress and impact of these projects as they unfold. Stay tuned for more information on the 2021 Swift Grants and the work being done by the Bold Solutions Network.
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Quarterly Update on Funding
By: Adi Menayang | June 1, 2023
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network
To date, Lever for Change has unlocked over $1 billion in funding for high-impact solutions and strengthened dozens of top organizations.
The Promise of Mental Health in Texas and Beyond
By: Ted Gregory | May 30, 2023
Grantee Update
Impact Story
A collaborative effort to treat mental illness is growing faster and spreading wider than anticipated.
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Chicago’s Most Powerful Women 2023: Cecilia Conrad
May 26, 2023
Congratulations to Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change, for being recognized in Better Magazine's list of Most Powerful Women in Chicago.
Transforming Lives Through Ahlan Simsim
By: Kristen Molyneaux Ph.D. | May 24, 2023
Competition Update
In 2017, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled the recipient of the inaugural 100&Change challenge. Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) were awarded a momentous $100 million grant to support their joint program Ahlan Simsim, which focused on providing support to the youngest children affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian response region.
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Lever for Change is Launching a New Service
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | May 18, 2023
Since our launch in 2019, Lever for Change has managed 11 philanthropic grant challenges that were designed to help donors find and fund solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change.
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Five finalists announced for $10 million award to provide women with safe access to maternal healthcare
By: Francisco Martinez | May 11, 2023
Press Release
The Maternal & Infant Health Award will support innovative solutions that are improving maternal and infant health outcomes across the globe, with a special focus on locally led, community-based programs and projects.
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Earth Day Reflections on Climate Change
By: Maris O'Tierney | April 20, 2023
With Earth Day just around the corner on April 22, the recent release of the United Nations climate change report has spotlighted the critical state of our planet. The report warns that we may soon surpass a dangerous threshold of 1.5°C global warming within the next decade, leaving many of us wondering how to prevent further environmental damage.

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