Exploring 100&Change Submissions & Curating Content
April 25, 2017 | Perspectives | 100&Change, 100&Change Funding Partners

The proposals submitted to 100&Change represent a wealth of information about projects, people, and organizations developing solutions to important global problems in collaborative, innovative, and scalable ways.

For organizations that submitted proposals, and for others working to solve similar problems, we believe there is great value in making 100&Change proposals available in a publicly accessible searchable database

Our database includes executive summaries, problem statements, solution descriptions, and video presentations of nearly 1900 proposals. They are coded by topic and location, and you can download them as PDFs or Excel-compatible files. 

We are working to further organize and group submissions by stage of work, structure, and other characteristics relevant to the interests of various audiences. By doing so, we hope to create value for all 100&Change participants, to contribute to the creation of a market or system for the exchange of vetted proposals.

A somewhat surprising discovery for us was when we grouped submissions by topic, larger sets of proposals (e.g. health, education, climate) usually had a counterpart in the world of funder affinity groups – some collection of self-selected funders who were working on that topic. We hope to find ways to connect applicants with prospective donors and inspire them to provide support for projects MacArthur does not fund. Many of these proposals are worthy of support, and could advance their projects with smaller grants.

In addition, we hope to bring the perspectives of others to bear on the problems and solutions represented in this database. We are beginning to work with the academic and research community to learn how organizations conceptualize the risks associated with their projects. We are also gaining a better understanding of new approaches to collaboration with organizations, who else may be interested in funding large awards, and the latest methods of monitoring and evaluation.

We are particularly excited about mapping the full set of proposals against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that people enjoy peace and prosperity. We expect this to foster collaboration among applicants and funders, and to help identify which SDGs have attracted the most attention.

To protect the confidentiality of 100&Change applicants, we cannot share all the proposal data we have collected. If you are interested in learning more about a specific 100&Change proposal, please let us know. We are happy to share more, customize our curation, and connect applicants with potential donors. Until then, we invite you to enjoy exploring the collection of submissions.  

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