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A Big Year for Lever for Change
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | December 6, 2022
Newsletter Article

This was a big year for Lever for Change, capped off by our announcement that we exceeded our goal of driving $1 billion in funding to outstanding organizations with inspiring ideas. Since our launch in 2019, we have helped more than 145 organizations accelerate social impact. As we celebrated this milestone, we met many amazing people, virtually and in person, and, not surprisingly, the question we were asked most is, “How did you do it?”

Build A World Of Play Challenge
The LEGO Foundation Announces Awardees for 900 Million Danish Kroner $117 Million Global Challenge
By: Marc Moorghen | December 6, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update

Selected from over 600 applications, the LEGO Foundation’s Build a World of Play Challenge will fund five ground-breaking projects that will ensure children globally reach their full potential through play.

Quarterly Update on Funding
By: Adi Menayang | December 5, 2022
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.

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2021 Swift Grants Update: Africa Leads The WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice
By: Dr. Eban Goodstein | November 17, 2022
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network

In March 2022, over 350 colleges, universities, high schools, primary schools, and other institutions in more than 60 countries – and over 50,000 people – participated in the WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice.

Changing The Way We Care helps families at risk of separation remain together in Guatemala by working with parents to start small businesses.
Creating A Catalyst
By: Ted Gregory, Guest Contributor | November 14, 2022
Impact Story

Changing The Way We Care was a finalist in the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change challenge. Five years later, it’s sparking global momentum to reform institutionalized childcare.

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Timely Solutions to Strengthen Democracy
By: Kendall Ross | November 10, 2022
Bold Solutions Network

Following the 2022 midterm elections, Lever for Change is highlighting outstanding projects in our Bold Solutions Network that aim to increase civic engagement and strengthen democracy. We invite you to support one or more of the rigorously-evaluated projects featured in the collection below.

Ahlan Simsim’s Gargur helps a friend fetch water at Zaatari camp, Jordan.
Looking Back at Year Four of Ahlan Simsim: A Year of Growth
November 10, 2022
Bold Solutions Network

Sesame Workshop was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change challenge in December 2017 for its collaboration with the International Rescue Committee to create Ahlan Simsim, a show for a rising generation of children affected by conflict and displacement across the Middle East and North Africa. René Celaya of Sesame Workshop and Marianne Stone of International Rescue Committee share lessons learned from Ahlan Simsim's fourth year.

Announcing the 2022 Swift Grants Recipients
By: Vernon Smith | November 10, 2022

In 2021, Lever for Change introduced the Swift Grants fund, 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.

Civic Engagement Nonprofit IGNITE Awarded the 2022 Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice
By: Francisco Martinez | November 4, 2022
Press Release

Lever for Change announced nonpartisan civic engagement nonprofit IGNITE as the recipient of a $10,000 grant to support partnerships to shift power to young women to become the next generation of social justice leaders.

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What We Know - and Don't Know - about Philanthropic Competitions
By: Jeff Ubois | October 25, 2022

Throughout history, competitions have produced innovative ideas, creative solutions, and even new industries. In 1795, for example, Napoleon Bonaparte launched the Food Preservation Prize seeking a safe way to store food. Nicolas Francois Appert eventually won the prize (12,000 francs, equivalent to about $36,000 today) for his solution, which sealed boiled food in airtight champagne bottles. And in 1927, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean in one flight, Charles Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize, originally launched in 1919 as “a stimulus to courageous aviators.”

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