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Sharing Our Learnings
By: Kristen Molyneaux Ph.D. | September 16, 2022

At Lever for Change, we help donors find and fund bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems. We provide philanthropic expertise, no matter the experience, staffing levels, or interests of our clients. Our team connects donors with our growing network of problem solvers through customized challenges. The finalists become members of our Bold Solutions Network. We work with Network members to ensure they are well-positioned to absorb philanthropic resources at scale and amplify their impact. Learning is vital to everything we do.

Sruti (second from right) has been supported to care for her children at home with the help of the government of India, Changing the Way We Care, and local partners.
Changing the Way We Care for Families in India
September 7, 2022
Bold Solutions Network

Changing the Way We Care, a global initiative promoting family-based care for all children and a 100&Change finalist in 2017, knows the best place for a child is with family. Jomey Joseph of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) India and Anne Smith of Changing the Way We Care explain why family care is critical to helping families to stay together.

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Using Data to Capture Inequality in Philanthropic Decision-Making
By: Adi Menayang | August 11, 2022

Capturing and analyzing the diversity of gender identities, disability, and geographic distribution among our panel of experts who help evaluate project proposals is quite straightforward. It’s less so for their race and ethnicity. Last year, Lever for Change started testing a demographic survey with closed-ended options for race and ethnicity that are granular enough to be globally relevant and allow us to spot patterns of inequality.

With Self Help Africa, HarvestPlus empowered refugees living in Uganda to grow orange sweet potatoes.
Growing resilience
By: Ted Gregory, Guest Contributor | July 14, 2022
Grantee Update
Impact Story

In 2017, HarvestPlus team members initially shed tears over missing their shot at $100 million to solve ‘hidden hunger’ in Africa. Five years later, the organization is becoming a global force in addressing malnutrition.

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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!

Quarterly Update on Funding
By: Adi Menayang | July 7, 2022
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network

To date, Lever for Change has unlocked nearly $950 million in funding for high-impact solutions and strengthened dozens of top organizations.

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Recipients Selected for $22 Million Award to Strengthen Democracy in the United States
By: Marc Moorghen | July 7, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update

Stronger Democracy Award Grants $22 Million to Three Organizations Improving Political Representation and Increasing Participation in the United States’ Democratic Process.

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Helping Communities End Homelessness
May 19, 2022
Media article

In this overview by 100&Change recipient, Community Solutions, the team highlights the stories of communities to illustrate how homelessness can be solved by working together, knowing the people experiencing homelessness and their needs, and sustaining the effort long term.

From left to right: Kat Rosqueta (Founding Executive Director, CHIP), Lauren Sato (CEO, Ada Developers Academy), Sonya Passi (Founder & CEO, FreeFrom), Angeline Murimirwa (Executive Director, CAMFED International), Cecilia Conrad (CEO, Lever for Change), Maanda Ngoitiko (Founder & Executive Director, Pastoral Women's Council), Kelly Andrews (Director of Knowledge Management and Marketing, CHIP), Jeff Ubois (VP, Knowledge Management, Lever for Change)
Addressing Structural Inequality: New Tool from Center for High Impact Philanthropy
By: Jeff Ubois | May 13, 2022
For the last two years, we have worked with the Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) at the University of Pennsylvania to develop a toolkit called “Choosing Change: How to Assess Grant Proposals for Their Potential to Address Structural Inequality.” This free resource includes recommendations and criteria that can help donors who wish to identify ideas and proposals that have the best chance of reducing structural inequalities.
Starting with four countries in sub-Saharan Africa, NEST360 works to reduce newborn deaths in Africa by 50 percent in a decade.
Something ‘amazing’ happened
By: Ted Gregory, Guest Contributor | April 15, 2022
Competition Update
Bold Solutions Network
A plan to reduce Africa’s infant mortality fell short of winning the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s first $100 million competition. Then plan leaders took their show back on the road.

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