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Finalists Selected for the Lone Star Prize to Improve the Quality of Life of Texans
By: Marc Moorghen | January 7, 2021
Press Release

The $10 Million Award Will Focus on Building Healthier, Stronger Communities Throughout Texas

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Per Scholas Announced as Awardee of $10 Million Economic Opportunity Challenge
By: Marc Moorghen | December 15, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

Today, Lever for Change announced premier technology workforce development organization Per Scholas as the recipient of the $10 million Economic Opportunity Challenge. Per Scholas advances economic equity through rigorous, tuition-free training for careers in IT and connects skilled talent from underserved communities to leading businesses. The “Proven Pathways to Transformative Careers in Tech” project was selected from a pool of 160 applicants and five finalists.

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Finalists Selected for Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award to Create a Durable Future for Refugees
By: Marc Moorghen | December 3, 2020
Press Release
Competition Update

$12 Million Award Will Fund Bold Solutions for Long-Term Transformational Change in the Lives of Refugees.

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

Competition Update
October 13, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update
Competition Update
Newsletter Article

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.

A Closer Look at the Bold Solutions Network
October 13, 2020
Bold Solutions Network Update
Newsletter Article

We designed the Bold Solutions Network as a vital component of our mission to catalyze funding opportunities and accelerate social change. With more than 110 active nonprofits and social enterprises, the work being done by Bold Solutions Network members currently spans 12 broad interest areas and is conducted on every continent except Antarctica.

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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.

Cecilia Conrad
A Message from our CEO
By: Dr. Cecilia Conrad | July 28, 2020
Blog
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.

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