Lever for Change

A nonprofit affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation whose mission is to unlock philanthropic capital and accelerate social change around the world’s biggest social challenges


Building off the success of 100&Change, MacArthur’s breakthrough $100 million competition, Lever for Change helps philanthropists source vetted, high-impact philanthropic opportunities and connects those opportunities to significant amounts of philanthropic capital. Lever for Change does this through either managing customized competitions or by matching philanthropists with the top vetted proposals from such competitions in a searchable online database of solutions. Through a rigorous, open, and transparent approach, Lever for Change aims to inspire philanthropists to dramatically increase their giving by helping them source and identify the most promising ideas that will significantly impact the issues they care about most.

Why Lever for Change is Needed

Today, many philanthropists and their philanthropic advisors struggle to identify and structure ways to invest significant amounts of capital to achieve social change. Opportunities are often hard to find, hard to evaluate, and hard to implement. There is no marketplace for philanthropic opportunities—and assessing those that do emerge can require specific expertise and significant staff. In addition, due to small average grant sizes, many social change organizations are given few opportunities to think big and effect large scale change. Lever for Change will offer a variety of support to top applicants to help them put larger amounts of capital to work.

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