Big Problems Require Bold Approaches

We are committed to matching philanthropists with powerful solutions and problem solvers to accelerate social change. Our approach enables philanthropists to achieve their ambitions by providing them with the tools and resources to maximize their giving. We give social change organizations the opportunity to think big while preparing them to achieve more dramatic results at a deeper scale. Together, we can help solve society’s greatest challenges. Are you ready to place a big bet on a critical challenge?

How to Get Involved

During the inaugural 100&Change competition, we saw that supporting the ambitions of others provided an unparalleled opportunity to bring exciting solutions and new ideas to the forefront. Over 1,900 proposals from more than 50 countries were submitted. We have leveraged more than $250 million to date in additional funding from other philanthropists to support 100&Change applicants.

Now, we want to offer this valuable grantmaking approach to you. Let us find the bold solution you are looking for. Building on the success of 100&Change, MacArthur is creating Lever for Change, a new nonprofit committed to unlocking philanthropic capital and helping donors put their resources to work to drive transformational social change. Lever for Change will manage the second round of the 100&Change competition.

Our team brings longstanding knowledge and years of experience in the field of philanthropy and social change to help you engage in big bet approaches. Using a rigorous approach, we provide opportunities to invest in the most powerful ideas that will move the needle on the issues you care about most.

We are offering you the ability to identify organizations and collaborations working on specific issues, spot emerging trends, and find funding opportunities outside your existing networks. Do you care deeply about making an impact on healthcare, election reform, or sustainable agriculture? Let us know and we can curate a list among the top vetted proposals that have surfaced through 100&Change.

We will also work with philanthropic advisors to help identify and support rigorously evaluated proposals from effective organizations in our online repository of 100&Change solutions.

Each of these proposals will have already undergone a rigorous review and, more importantly, shown evidence of results. This existing arsenal of ideas allows us to help philanthropists quickly identify a proposal from this inventory that resonates with you, in turn allowing you to invest your resources more effectively and efficiently.

Transparency & Openness Matters

100&Change is committed to transparency, openness, equity, and inclusivity. We take intentional steps to ensure these values are represented throughout our competition, including building community engagement into competition design from the beginning. We provide applicants in advance with detailed information, such as the evaluation criteria, scoring rubric, competition timeline, process, and the names of judges.

To provide more guidance to applicants about the competition, we created an organizational readiness tool to help applicants decide if they are likely to have a competitive proposal. In the inaugural round of the 100&Change competition, applicants received feedback from a multidisciplinary panel of evaluators. MacArthur seeks to increase the value of feedback to applicants by adding two additional stages: a peer-to-peer review process and, for the highest scoring applicants, technical review panels.

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Current Partner

Earth’s Call, a new charitable organization that is using the inspirational power of music to raise awareness and support for climate change solutions, has committed a minimum of $50 million over five years to fund highly ranked proposals to combat climate change. 

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