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Muhsin Hassan
The Plight of Refugees in the Face of COVID-19
By: Muhsin Hassan | July 28, 2020
Competition Update
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Newsletter Article

On June 20, the world marked World Refugee Day—a global tradition established in 2001 to celebrate and highlight efforts to address the plight of refugees and displaced people. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, World Refugee Day came and went with little fanfare or awareness.

FINALISTS NAMED IN MACARTHUR COMPETITION FOR $100 MILLION GRANT
July 20, 2020
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Bold Solutions Network Update

Six bold solutions to critical social challenges were named finalists today in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The proposals address diverse and systemic problems, such as ocean health, homelessness, oxygen therapy, health disparities, news deserts, and mosquito-borne disease.

Better Magazine: An Interview with Changemaker Cecilia Conrad
By: Susan Noyes | July 1, 2020
Media article

Cecilia Conrad is that rare individual who can do more work than multiple high-level executives combined, makes it look easy and charms in the process. She is CEO of Lever for Change and Managing Director of the Fellows (Genius Grants) and 100&Change programs. at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $11 Million Allocation in Grant Funding for Projects in INVEST South/West Community Areas
June 29, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update
Press Release
Competition Update

On June 29, 2020, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Maurice Cox, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, to announce the recipients of $11 million in grant funding to support key INVEST South/West projects. The funding will help to close capital stack gaps for two critical developments in the Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale neighborhoods.

Economic Opportunity Challenge
FIVE FINALISTS ADVANCE IN THE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY CHALLENGE, A NATIONAL AWARD FOR A $10 MILLION GRANT TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES
June 24, 2020
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Bold Solutions Network Update
Solutions Bank
There Is a Better Way to Practice Philanthropy
By: Bradford Smith | June 22, 2020
Competition Update
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Bradford K. Smith, President of Candid, shares how the Solutions Bank has the potential to reshape philanthropy to be more open, efficient, and democratic.

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PIVOTAL VENTURES LAUNCHES NEW $30 MILLION EQUALITY CAN’T WAIT CHALLENGE TO ACCELERATE PROGRESS TOWARD GENDER EQUALITY
June 16, 2020
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CHALLENGE WILL FUND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS TO EXPAND WOMEN’S POWER AND INFLUENCE IN THE U.S.

Forbes: "MacKenzie Bezos And Melinda Gates Team Up On $30 Million Gender Equity Contest"
By: Maggie McGrath | June 16, 2020
Competition Update
Media article
Business Insider: "Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Bezos are partnering up to confront gender and racial inequality, starting with a $30 million grant. Here's how to qualify."
By: Marguerite Ward | June 16, 2020
Competition Update
Media article
Columbia Business School Students, in Collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Select Innovative Fintech Solution for Small Farms Facing Climate Change to Receive $100,000 Award
May 26, 2020
Press Release
Bold Solutions Network Update

In a unique Global Philanthropy course at Columbia Business School, graduate students analyzed the “Top 100” proposals from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition and, based on criteria developed by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, selected one to receive a special grant.

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