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Lever for Change Honored to be Included Among MacKenzie Scott's 286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | June 15, 2021

Since the inception of Lever for Change in 2019, we have developed and managed nine large-scale challenges to change the world. Working tirelessly toward our goal to unlock $1 billion in philanthropic giving by 2023, we have partnered with dozens of donors and amplified the work of hundreds of people and organizations with bold solutions to address the most intractable of problems of our time.

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100&Change: When a loss becomes a win
By: Rebecca Richards-Kortum Ph.D. | May 17, 2021
Newsletter Article

On April 7, six teams gave their final pitch to win $100 million in the MacArthur Foundation’s second 100&Change competition. That same day, five of them learned they lost. These teams will all keep working after the recipient is announced, but this loss cuts deep. I know, because I was part of a team that “lost” in the final round of the first 100&Change competition.

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Learnings from our experience with the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award
By: Diana Essex-Lettieri and Sana Mustafa | May 17, 2021
Newsletter Article

As a family of national civil society organizations, Asylum Access believes in the power of “proximate” solutions: we know from our experiences that those closest to experiences of displacement are best placed to confront the obstacles that face their communities. As the movement for refugee leadership in response to refugee issues grew stronger, and the calls for refugee participation made it into prominent spaces – like the (UN Refugee Agency) UNHCR’s 2019 Global Refugee Forum – Asylum Access looked inward and asked: Where do we fit? How do we help? By our assessment, the calls for change were surface-level and lacked pathways for implementation. We needed massive investment for system-wide change. At the time, it was hard to envision unlocking that kind of funding.

Introducing our new Swift Grants
By: Vernon Smith | May 17, 2021
Newsletter Article

Lever for Change is excited to launch Swift Grants – a new funding opportunity for Bold Solutions Network members offering small grants of up to $25,000 for collaborative projects.

Making Change
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | April 19, 2021
Newsletter Article

Born of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for $100 million, Lever for Change was created to unlock significant philanthropic capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines and accelerate large-scale social change around the world. We embolden donors to make larger grants than are typical in philanthropy—$10 million or more.

Leveraging Your Bold Solutions Network Membership
By: Dana Rice | April 14, 2021

Lever for Change's Vice President of Philanthropy, Dana Rice, offers tips for how we can work together to capitalize on your status as a Bold Solutions Network member.

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The Invisible Cloak of Feminine Leadership
By: Kristina Martz | March 2, 2021

In August 2020, our social impact partner, IMAGO Global Grassroots, hosted a coaching series focused on feminine leadership for members of our Bold Solutions Network, which matches donors with outstanding nonprofits and social enterprises from Lever for Change competitions.

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A Lever to Move the World
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | January 26, 2021
Newsletter Article

When Lever for Change launched two years ago to unlock philanthropic capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines, I initially suggested the name “Archimedes” for our new enterprise, because it was designed to move large amounts of philanthropic dollars for social change.

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A Message from our CEO
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | October 13, 2020
Newsletter Article

In 2019, we launched Lever for Change with the goal of unlocking significant philanthropic capital for transformative social change. We hoped our services would address the gap between wealthy donors' aspirations and their actual grantmaking.

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Building Organizational Resilience in Challenging Times
By: Isabel Guerrero | October 8, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update

When we speak of resilience, we think about people’s ability to withstand hard times and “bounce back.” The year 2020 has been a continuous source of unexpected shocks.

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