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No more excuses: We have what we need to create the America women deserve
March 10, 2021
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Creating a world where women finally experience true equality, in every way

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Can Competitions Be Equitable?
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | March 10, 2021
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In this Inside Philanthropy article, our CEO, Cecilia Conrad, makes the case that competitions can be equitable and fair if they are designed with that goal in mind.

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

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

Better Magazine: An Interview with Changemaker Cecilia Conrad
By: Susan Noyes | July 1, 2020
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Cecilia Conrad is that rare individual who can do more work than multiple high-level executives combined, makes it look easy and charms in the process. She is CEO of Lever for Change and Managing Director of the Fellows (Genius Grants) and 100&Change programs. at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Forbes: "MacKenzie Bezos And Melinda Gates Team Up On $30 Million Gender Equity Contest"
By: Maggie McGrath | June 16, 2020
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Business Insider: "Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott are partnering up to confront gender and racial inequality, starting with a $30 million grant. Here's how to qualify."
By: Marguerite Ward | June 16, 2020
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"Lone Star Prize dangles $10 million for a Texas-sized idea"
By: Cheryl Hall | March 31, 2020
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Lyda Hill Philanthropies is launching a statewide contest to improve health care, unemployment and the environment.

Q&A: MacArthur Foundation's Cecilia Conrad On How A Single $100 Million Grant Can Move The Needle
April 22, 2019
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The way Cecilia Conrad of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation tells it, there are many philanthropists with untold wealth on the sidelines while worthy charitable organizations striving for social change go unnoticed or under-resourced.

Connecting the "Will" with the "Way" to Expedite Change
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | April 16, 2019
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Linking vision and strategy, dreamers and doers, changemakers and problem solvers. That’s the key to solving the challenges that confront communities around the country – and one of the main goal of Upswell. It’s also the goal of the MacArthur Foundation’s new nonprofit affiliate, Lever for Change, intended to connect philanthropists and social change organizations. Throw in the fact that Lever for Change, like MacArthur, is based in Chicago – where Upswell is headed this November – and we knew the stars had aligned!

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