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Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder, Mobility International USA
Moving Beyond Words: Commitments that Make a Difference
By: Susan Sygall | October 1, 2020
Bold Solutions Network

We are undeniably in an era of rapid change. During these uncertain, complex times, when many are peacefully disrupting the status quo, we need to move forward differently, to be more innovative, more inclusive. We need to transform our thinking and acting in ways that will lead to justice and equity for all.

Lessons from Our First Peer-to-Peer Review
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad and Emma Poole | August 13, 2020

On April 30, 2019, the MacArthur Foundation launched the second round of 100&Change, its global competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. In the second round of 100&Change, we introduced a Peer-to-Peer Review process. Here is what we learned.

Pritzker Traubert Foundation announces recipient of the Chicago Prize
August 7, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

Always Growing, Auburn Gresham has been awarded the first ever Chicago Prize, a $10 million grant competition of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation that sought to invest in collaborative initiatives using physical development to spur economic activity, strengthen civic infrastructure, and improve the safety, well-being, and economic mobility of residents in the city's South and/or West sides.

Kristen Molyneaux
The Value-Add of our Application Process
By: Dr. Kristen Molyneaux | August 4, 2020

At Lever for Change, our mission is to accelerate social change by connecting bold donors with highly rated proposals submitted through customized competitions. We are committed to openness and transparency in all of our competitions, and to providing value to each participant. We do this by publicly sharing information about the competition process, including the timeline, evaluation criteria, and judges. We also ensure that as many applicants as possible receive feedback on their proposals during each competition. Our platform invites applicants to think big and be bold as they strive for impact.

women at rally
Equality Can’t Wait Challenge Grows to $40 million
August 4, 2020
Competition Update

Today, Pivotal Ventures announced an additional $10 million for the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, thanks to support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. The Challenge will now award at least three grants of a minimum of $10 million, with an additional $10 million to be allocated among finalists and determined at the award decision stage, bringing the total to $40 million for bold solutions to advance gender equality in the United States.

MacKenzie Scott funds members of our Bold Solutions Network
August 3, 2020
Media article
Bold Solutions Network

Last week, MacKenzie Scott announced $1.67 billion in grants to 116 organizations, following up on her Giving Pledge commitment to give away her personal fortune during her lifetime.

Answering the Challenge of our Times
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | August 3, 2020
Bold Solutions Network

Progress is possible, if our society is willing to make big investments that tackle inequity at scale and remove the impediments that systematically erode the gains we achieve. Our mission at Lever for Change is aligned with these goals.

Business Journal: Birmingham scientist tapped for $30M grant selection committee
July 31, 2020
Media article

Local biological scientist Dr. Adrienne Starks has been selected to serve on a committee that will award $30 million to expand the power and influence of women in the United States by 2030.

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

Cecilia Conrad
A Message from our CEO
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | July 28, 2020
Competition Update
Newsletter Article

One of my early memories of my mom is watching her being arrested on the evening news. She and several friends were “sitting in” at the Trailways bus station lunch counter in Dallas, Texas. My mother, who designed and sewed her own clothes, always dressed up for marches and sit-ins. Even as a young child, I appreciated the performative aspect of her appearance—wearing a Chanel-inspired suit with matching handbag, shoes, and leather gloves, eating lunch at a counter where she might never have eaten voluntarily in a desegregated world.

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