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2021 Swift Grants Update: No One Left Behind
December 21, 2022
Grantee Update
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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!

A friend shows Elmo how to fly a kite at Azraq Camp, Jordan.
The powerful ripple effect of playful learning
By: Ted Gregory, Guest Contributor | December 20, 2022
Competition Update
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Impact Story

Five years ago, a plan to help children cope with the distress of the Syrian war received $100 million. Today, the program has supported over 23 million children and parents across the Middle East and North Africa with healthy development and early learning toward a resilient and thriving future.

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Impacting Millions of Young Lives: Ahlan Simsim Five Years On
By: David Miliband and Sherrie Westin | December 13, 2022
Competition Update
Grantee Update
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Five years ago on a snowy Chicago day, the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop made a pitch for the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change award. The competition would provide a historic $100 million to a project striving for measurable progress against solving a critical problem of our time: the impact of the war in Syria on children’s futures.

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

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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

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
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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.

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