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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!
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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
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Impact Story
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.
New $10 Million Award Launched to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes Around the World
By: Marc Moorghen | March 8, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
Launched on March 8, 2022—International Women’s Day—the Maternal & Infant Health Award, sponsored by The Patchwork Collective, is a $10 million grant competition to help improve maternal and infant health outcomes around the world.
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The LEGO Foundation launches USD 143 million global competition to tackle early years development
By: Marc Moorghen | February 16, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
Global competition launched in the LEGO® brand’s 90th year seeks transformational ideas to help solve the biggest global challenges facing birth to six-year-olds
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Finalists Selected for $22 Million Award to Strengthen Democracy in the United States
By: Marc Moorghen | February 3, 2022
Press Release
Competition Update
The $22 million Stronger Democracy Award will drive structural reforms to help improve political representation and increase the participation of all citizens in the United States’ democratic process.
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Celebrating Three Years of Lever for Change
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | February 3, 2022
Newsletter Article
Lever for Change will celebrate its third birthday this month and we have much to celebrate. When we launched in 2019, we hoped to accelerate solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems by encouraging problem solvers to think big and by connecting those big ideas with donors willing to support them with large, multi-year grants of more than $10 million. Our team of six had serious doubts about whether we would succeed. Nonetheless, we set out with the ambitious goal of driving $1 billion in philanthropic funding to outstanding organizations by 2023.

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