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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.

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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JUST Announced as Awardee of Inaugural Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice
By: Nicole Phipps | December 13, 2021
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network
Lever for Change announced nonprofit microlending platform JUST as the recipient of the inaugural Jack Dilenschneider Award for Social Justice.
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A Year of Adaptation at Ahlan Simsim
October 20, 2021
Bold Solutions Network
Sesame Workshop was awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant, in December 2017, for its collaboration with the International Rescue Committee to create Ahlan Simsim, a show for a rising generation of children affected by conflict and displacement across the Middle East and North Africa. Now, René Celaya of Sesame Workshop and Marianne Stone of International Rescue Committee share lessons learned from Ahlan Simsim's third year.
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Announcing the Five Swift Grant Recipients
By: Vernon Smith | September 28, 2021
Grantee Update
Bold Solutions Network
In May 2021, Lever for Change introduced the Swift Grants fund, aimed to provide small grants to Bold Solutions Network members for collaborative projects. This fund provided an outlet for the world’s top problem solvers to leverage expertise and join forces to find creative solutions in their fields.
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Accelerate for Impact
By: Rahul Shah, Shivani Desai, and Eesha Mullick | September 28, 2021
Blog
Bold Solutions Network
Lever for Change’s Bold Solutions Network matches donors with outstanding nonprofits and social enterprises that are selected as finalists in Lever for Change competitions. Bold Solutions Network members are then eligible to access learning and technical support opportunities in the form of webinars, pro bono services, coaching, workshops, cohort support, and peer networking. These opportunities are designed to continue to help strengthen members' project design and plans, as well as to increase the impact of their work.
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Celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Bold Solutions Network
By: Dr. Kristen Molyneaux | May 17, 2021
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network
Time flies. It’s been just over a year since our team at Lever for Change launched the Bold Solutions Network. Born of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for $100 million, Lever for Change unlocks capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines. We embolden donors to make larger grants than are typical in philanthropy—$10 million or more—through customized competitions, which provide the opportunity for donors, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs to connect and solve global challenges together. We then amplify the top-ranked solutions in our Bold Solutions Network to catalyze investments in outstanding teams and accelerate large-scale social change.
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Update on Funding & Upcoming Opportunities
By: Emma Poole and Vernon Smith | May 17, 2021
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network
At Lever for Change, we prioritize ensuring that our processes and approaches provide value and raise the visibility of bold solutions. While we continued to learn, evolve, and improve over the past year, we have seen strong evidence that being a member of the Bold Solutions Network proves valuable not only for teams who ultimately receive an award, but for all members.
Bold Solutions Network Update
By: Dr. Kristen Molyneaux | January 26, 2021
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network
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.
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How Catchafire helps strengthen members of the Bold Solutions Network
By: Jamie Moon, Director, Partnerships, Catchafire | November 25, 2020
Bold Solutions Network
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.

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