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The Invisible Cloak of Feminine Leadership
By: Kristina Martz | March 2, 2021

In August 2020, our social impact partner, IMAGO Global Grassroots, hosted a coaching series focused on feminine leadership for members of our Bold Solutions Network, which matches donors with outstanding nonprofits and social enterprises from Lever for Change competitions.

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Finalists Selected for $10 Million Climate Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.
By: Marc Moorghen | February 9, 2021
Press Release

Award Will Identify Solutions to Decarbonize Transportation, Buildings, and Industry

Bold Solutions Network Update
By: Dr. Kristen Molyneaux | January 26, 2021
Bold Solutions Network Update
Newsletter Article

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.

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A Lever to Move the World
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | January 26, 2021
Newsletter Article

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.

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Finalists Selected for the Lone Star Prize to Improve the Quality of Life of Texans
By: Marc Moorghen | January 7, 2021
Press Release

The $10 Million Award Will Focus on Building Healthier, Stronger Communities Throughout Texas

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Per Scholas Announced as Awardee of $10 Million Economic Opportunity Challenge
By: Marc Moorghen | December 15, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

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.

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Finalists Selected for Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award to Create a Durable Future for Refugees
By: Marc Moorghen | December 3, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

$12 Million Award Will Fund Bold Solutions for Long-Term Transformational Change in the Lives of Refugees.

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How Catchafire helps strengthen members of the Bold Solutions Network
By: Jamie Moon, Director, Partnerships, Catchafire | November 25, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update

Earlier this year, Lever for Change launched its Bold Solutions Network to match donors with nonprofits and social enterprises proposing solutions to significant social challenges. Lever for Change supports Network member organizations—whose “bold solutions” were highly rated after rigorous evaluation in its competitions—by providing ongoing learning and networking opportunities to strengthen their work, raise their visibility, and increase their potential to secure funding. In April 2020, Lever for Change launched a partnership with our skills-based volunteering platform, Catchafire, to help strengthen Bold Solutions Network members on organizational and operational needs.

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New $90 Million Global Challenge to Fund Bold Solutions to Address Systemic Inequities
October 13, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

Racial Equity 2030 seeks to scale transformative ideas that will improve the lives of children, families and communities across the globe.

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A Message from our CEO
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | October 13, 2020
Newsletter Article

In 2019, we launched Lever for Change with the goal of unlocking significant philanthropic capital for transformative social change. We hoped our services would address the gap between wealthy donors' aspirations and their actual grantmaking.

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