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

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.

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

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.

Bold Solutions Network
Bold Solutions Network Curated Lists
July 28, 2020
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network Update

Launched in February, the Bold Solutions Network is a searchable online collection of summaries of highly-rated, rigorously evaluated proposals, or “bold solutions,” that emerge from the competitions Lever for Change manages. The Bold Solutions Network helps donors find and fund highly-rated, vetted proposals on topics they care about.

Bold Solutions Network Member Update
July 28, 2020
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network Update

Highly-ranked applicants in the competitions Lever for Change manages are eligible to become Bold Solutions Network (BSN) members. BSN members have access to ongoing learning opportunities offered through Lever for Change. These opportunities are designed to continue to help strengthen members' project design and plans, as well as to increase the impact of their work.

FINALISTS NAMED IN MACARTHUR COMPETITION FOR $100 MILLION GRANT
July 20, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update
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.

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
Press Release
Competition Update
Bold Solutions Network Update
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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Building the Expertise of the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders Through Competitive Evaluation
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad and Dr. Melissa Berman | May 26, 2020
Blog
Bold Solutions Network Update

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Columbia Business School partnered to create an educational opportunity for students to assess the 100&Change Top 100 and select one proposal for a $100,000 award.

April 2020 Update from our CEO
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | April 29, 2020
Grantee Update
Blog
Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network Update

Like nearly everyone else on Planet Earth, we have been grappling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic both on a personal level and with respect to our work.

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