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

Competition Update
October 13, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update
Competition Update
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Since its founding in 2019, Lever for Change has partnered with donors to launch nine competitions, ranging from racial and gender equity to economic development and climate change.

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New $90 Million Global Challenge to Fund Bold Solutions to Address Systemic Inequities
October 13, 2020
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Racial Equity 2030 seeks to scale transformative ideas that will improve the lives of children, families and communities across the globe.

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

Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder, Mobility International USA
Moving Beyond Words: Commitments that Make a Difference
By: Susan Sygall | October 1, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update
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We are undeniably in an era of rapid change. During these uncertain, complex times, when many are peacefully disrupting the status quo, we need to move forward differently, to be more innovative, more inclusive. We need to transform our thinking and acting in ways that will lead to justice and equity for all.

Pritzker Traubert Foundation announces recipient of the Chicago Prize
August 7, 2020
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Always Growing, Auburn Gresham has been awarded the first ever Chicago Prize, a $10 million grant competition of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation that sought to invest in collaborative initiatives using physical development to spur economic activity, strengthen civic infrastructure, and improve the safety, well-being, and economic mobility of residents in the city's South and/or West sides.

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

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Equality Can’t Wait Challenge Grows to $40 million
August 4, 2020
Competition Update

Today, Pivotal Ventures announced an additional $10 million for the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, thanks to support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. The Challenge will now award at least three grants of a minimum of $10 million, with an additional $10 million to be allocated among finalists and determined at the award decision stage, bringing the total to $40 million for bold solutions to advance gender equality in the United States.

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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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.

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