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Competition Update
October 13, 2020
Bold Solutions Network 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
Press Release
Competition Update

Racial Equity 2030 seeks to scale transformative ideas that will improve the lives of children, families and communities across the globe.

Pritzker Traubert Foundation announces recipient of the Chicago Prize
August 7, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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