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Building on our momentum to move the world
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | July 7, 2022
Newsletter Article
I am excited to share that we are on track to reach our goal of leveraging $1 billion in funding for outstanding organizations this fall!
New $10 Million Award Launched to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes Around the World
By: Marc Moorghen | March 8, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
Launched on March 8, 2022—International Women’s Day—the Maternal & Infant Health Award, sponsored by The Patchwork Collective, is a $10 million grant competition to help improve maternal and infant health outcomes around the world.
Build A World Of Play Challenge
The LEGO Foundation launches USD 143 million global competition to tackle early years development
By: Marc Moorghen | February 16, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
Global competition launched in the LEGO® brand’s 90th year seeks transformational ideas to help solve the biggest global challenges facing birth to six-year-olds
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Finalists Selected for $22 Million Award to Strengthen Democracy in the United States
By: Marc Moorghen | February 3, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
The $22 million Stronger Democracy Award will drive structural reforms to help improve political representation and increase the participation of all citizens in the United States’ democratic process.
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Celebrating Three Years of Lever for Change
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | February 3, 2022
Newsletter Article
Lever for Change will celebrate its third birthday this month and we have much to celebrate. When we launched in 2019, we hoped to accelerate solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems by encouraging problem solvers to think big and by connecting those big ideas with donors willing to support them with large, multi-year grants of more than $10 million. Our team of six had serious doubts about whether we would succeed. Nonetheless, we set out with the ambitious goal of driving $1 billion in philanthropic funding to outstanding organizations by 2023.
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JUST Announced as Awardee of Inaugural Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice
By: Nicole Phipps | December 13, 2021
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network
Lever for Change announced nonprofit microlending platform JUST as the recipient of the inaugural Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice.
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Our Thanksgiving wish: Bigger pies, more equity
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | November 18, 2021
Newsletter Article
Thanksgiving makes me think of pecan pie and pecan pie makes me think of pareto optimality. What can I tell you? I’m an economist.
Announcing the Five Swift Grant Recipients
By: Vernon Smith | September 28, 2021
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network
In May 2021, Lever for Change introduced the Swift Grants fund, aimed to provide small grants to Bold Solutions Network members for collaborative projects. This fund provided an outlet for the world’s top problem solvers to leverage expertise and join forces to find creative solutions in their fields.
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Ten Finalists Announced for $90 Million Global Challenge to Boldly Address Systemic Racism
By: Marc Moorghen | September 21, 2021
Press Release
Competition Update
Racial Equity 2030 will unleash transformative solutions to improve the lives of children, families, and communities across the world.
Equality Can't Wait Challenge Awardee: The Future is Indigenous Women
Equality Can't Wait
September 1, 2021
Media article
In the latest issue of Social Investor magazine, Cecilia A. Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change and managing director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, shares her work accelerating the impact of philanthropy.

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