Bold Solutions to the World’s Biggest Challenges

Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate whose mission is to unlock significant philanthropic capital by helping donors find and fund vetted, high impact opportunities through the design and management of customized competitions. Its Bold Solutions Network showcases the highest-ranked proposals that emerge from each of the competitions. These proposals have undergone extensive evaluation and due diligence to ensure each solution promises real and measurable progress to accelerate social change. These Bold Solutions are now available for donors to confidently support in their interest areas.
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Bold Solutions
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Connecting philanthropists with effective solutions

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Through an open and transparent approach, Lever for Change offers philanthropists the opportunity to sponsor custom competitions to identify the most effective, enduring solutions that address social issues that matter most to them. Our Bold Solutions Network aims to inspire philanthropists to dramatically increase their giving by connecting them with effective organizations, whose proposals have benefited from rigorous third-party evaluations, due diligence, and technical support.

As part of our services, Lever for Change uses the Bold Solutions Network to ensure greater visibility for highly rated proposals surfaced through our competitions and helps donors directly fund high-impact opportunities. Organizations that are part of the Bold Solutions Network will have continued access to a variety of technical support and learning opportunities focused on strengthening their proposals and increasing the impact of their work.

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Saving the Cardamoms in Perpetuity for the Planet
Create a model biosphere to counter the rapid loss of biodiversity on the planet
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Scaling Sight: Ending Preventable Blindness in Guatemala and Beyond
We will eliminate preventable blindness in Guatemala within 10 years, creating the blueprint to scale Seva’s evidence-based model, Global Sight Initiative (GSI), throughout Latin America.
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Scaling the World Mosquito Program to Prevent Human Disease
We will scale our innovative and cost-effective Wolbachia method globally to prevent transmission of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever. Smallholder Farmers as Climate, Food, and Economic Leaders.jpg
Agriculture, fishing and forestry Supporting Smallholder Farmers as Climate, Food, and Economic Leaders
We will fight hunger, poverty and climate change by empowering one hundred million smallholder farms to turn their organic waste into renewable energy and fertilizer.
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SISTER: A Scalable Solution to Girls' Exclusion from Education
SISTER fuels an ever-multiplying virtuous cycle through which girls go to school, succeed, and become leaders who in turn support the younger generation of girls
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Community and economic development
Soil to Space: Leveraging Water to Bridge the Food Gap
Heifer International with Columbia University will leverage satellite imaging to identify appropriate water interventions, and farm-to-market integration allowing smallholders’ contribution towards closing the food gap.
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Solid Carbon—A Climate Mitigation Partnership Advancing Stable Negative Emissions
An inspired climate mitigation solution bringing together proven technologies into a fully integrated system to extract CO2 from the atmosphere for permanent removal, benefiting all.
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