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Resourcing Refugee Leadership Initiative Selected as $10M Award Recipient by Sponsors Chris Larsen and Lyna Lam.
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.
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.
The $10 Million Award Will Focus on Building Healthier, Stronger Communities Throughout Texas
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.
$12 Million Award Will Fund Bold Solutions for Long-Term Transformational Change in the Lives of Refugees.
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.
Racial Equity 2030 seeks to scale transformative ideas that will improve the lives of children, families and communities across the globe.
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.
Since its founding in 2019, Lever for Change has partnered with donors to launch nine competitions, ranging from racial and gender equity to economic development and climate change.
We designed the Bold Solutions Network as a vital component of our mission to catalyze funding opportunities and accelerate social change. With more than 110 active nonprofits and social enterprises, the work being done by Bold Solutions Network members currently spans 12 broad interest areas and is conducted on every continent except Antarctica.