Born of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for $100 million, Lever for Change was created to unlock significant philanthropic capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines and accelerate large-scale social change around the world. We embolden donors to make larger grants than are typical in philanthropy—$10 million or more.
New $12 Million Award Launched to Strengthen Democracy in the United States
The Stronger Democracy Award Seeks to Fund Bold Solutions to Improve Political Representation and Increase Citizen Participation
Can Competitions Be Equitable?
In this Inside Philanthropy article, our CEO, Cecilia Conrad, makes the case that competitions can be equitable and fair if they are designed with that goal in mind.
No more excuses: We have what we need to create the America women deserve
Creating a world where women finally experience true equality, in every way
Finalists announced for Equality Can't Wait Challenge to Help Expand Women's Power and Influence in the United States by 2030
The Challenge Will Award $40 Million to Accelerate the Pace of Progress Toward Gender Equality in America.
Finalists Selected for $10 Million Climate Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.
Award Will Identify Solutions to Decarbonize Transportation, Buildings, and Industry
A Lever to Move the World
When Lever for Change launched two years ago to unlock philanthropic capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines, I initially suggested the name “Archimedes” for our new enterprise, because it was designed to move large amounts of philanthropic dollars for social change.
Bold Solutions Network Update
We are fast approaching the first anniversary of our Bold Solutions Network, which matches donors with nonprofits and social enterprises whose solutions to significant social challenges were highly ranked after rigorous evaluation in one of Lever for Change’s competitions.
Finalists Selected for the Lone Star Prize to Improve the Quality of Life of Texans
The $10 Million Award Will Focus on Building Healthier, Stronger Communities Throughout Texas
Per Scholas Announced as Awardee of $10 Million Economic Opportunity Challenge
Today, Lever for Change announced premier technology workforce development organization Per Scholas as the recipient of the $10 million Economic Opportunity Challenge. Per Scholas advances economic equity through rigorous, tuition-free training for careers in IT and connects skilled talent from underserved communities to leading businesses. The “Proven Pathways to Transformative Careers in Tech” project was selected from a pool of 160 applicants and five finalists.