The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the launch of the Bold Solutions Network, an online platform showcasing the highest-rated proposals submitted in round two of the foundation's 100&Change competition.
Launched in 2016 and now managed by MacArthur affiliate Lever for Change, the competition awards a single $100 million grant over five years in support of a solution that promises to deliver significant and enduring social change. The winners of the inaugural competition, Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee, proposed a joint early childhood development project to address the "toxic stress" experienced by children caught up in the Syrian refugee crisis. The Bold Solutions Network portal features the top hundred proposals — out of four hundred and seventy-five that made it through an initial administrative review — submitted for round two of the competition, based on an evaluation by an external panel of judges, a peer-to-peer review, and a technical review by experts in the relevant field against four criteria: impactfulness, grounding in evidence, feasibility, and sustainability. The board of the MacArthur Foundation will select up to ten finalists from among the top-rated proposals later this spring.
For each of the featured proposals, the portal includes a project overview, a ninety-second video, and a two-page factsheet. Visitors interested in learning more can browse proposals by subject, location, Sustainable Development Goal, and/or beneficiary population. Designed to help donors identify the most effective, enduring solutions aligned with their own philanthropic goals and help the applicants gain more visibility and support from funders, the network will provide the top hundred organizations with access to technical support and learning opportunities focused on strengthening their proposals and increasing the impact of their work.
"MacArthur seeks to generate increased recognition, exposure, and support for the high-impact ideas designated as the Top 100," said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change and managing director of the 100&Change initiative. "Based on our experience in the first round of 100&Change, we know the competition will produce multiple compelling and fundable ideas. We are committed to matching philanthropists with powerful solutions and problem solvers to accelerate social change."
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