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Can Competitions Be Equitable?

March 10, 2021

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.

In an age of heightened public scrutiny of philanthropy, competitions are often singled out as inherently inequitable, forcing people and organizations to compete for funding. Yet, every grantmaking process requires a choice—among ideas, organizations or proposals—and it is incumbent upon funders to assure that the process does not pose an outsized burden relative to expected benefits. Our team launched Lever for Change two years ago to unlock philanthropic capital that might otherwise remain on the sidelines.

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"By creating a bigger tent, we believe that we are more likely to find the bold, creative solutions required to address the world’s greatest challenges."

Cecilia Conrad, CEO, Lever for Change

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