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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Solutions Bank
There Is a Better Way to Practice Philanthropy
By: Bradford Smith | June 22, 2020
Competition Update
Blog

Bradford K. Smith, President of Candid, shares how the Solutions Bank has the potential to reshape philanthropy to be more open, efficient, and democratic.

Woman selling fruit at an outdoor market
Building the Expertise of the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders Through Competitive Evaluation
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad and Dr. Melissa Berman | May 26, 2020
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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.

Philanthropy in COVID-19
By: Jenna Schornack | April 29, 2020
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Newsletter Article

Last week, Candid reported that philanthropic giving in response to COVID-19 has surpassed $6 billon globally.

Bold Solutions Network Members Update
By: Dr. Kristen Molyneaux | April 29, 2020
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Newsletter Article
Bold Solutions Network Update

As we previously communicated, Lever for Change had planned to roll out various learning and engagement opportunities to all Bold Solutions Network members in March. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, some of those activities had to be postponed. However, we are excited to formally announce that our first opportunity, access to the Catchafire platform, has launched!

A Need for More (and Better) Data to Guide Giving
By: Kevin Scally | April 13, 2020
Grantee Update
Blog

Kevin Scally, Chief Relationship Officer at Charity Navigator, explores the current landscape of nonprofit evaluations and provides insight into new data that can help shape public opinion on what makes for an effective organization.

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