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Lever for Change – Geared to Combat Climate Change

On a Mission to Reduce GHG Emissions by 2030

The harsh reality of climate change is becoming more apparent every day, and so is the need to find sustainable solutions to combat this crisis. Hundreds of millions of lives, innumerable species and ecosystems, as well as the future of the planet are at stake. Fortunately, we have the science and technologies to help cut emissions, remove carbon dioxide and offset its effects.

There is a global shift towards finding energy sources that don’t damage the environment and cause climate change, and organizations like Lever for Change are driving this.

Foundation Guide - Lever for Change 2030 climate challenge

About Lever for Change

Lever for Change is on a mission to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. To achieve this, they’ve taken an innovative approach by launching a national competition for applicants working towards fighting climate change. The prize is a staggering $10 million grant to further their efforts. This substantial amount is sponsored by an anonymous donor committed to the cause. In addition to the 2030 Climate Challenge, Lever for Change also manages five other competitions with prizes that range between $10 million and $100 million. This includes the Lone Star Prize, a $10 million award for an innovative solution that deals with health, environment and workforce in Texas, and the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award which involves a $12 million prize to an innovative solution that supports the wellbeing of refugees around the globe.

Lever for Change is an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, known for unlocking capital to accelerate social change around the world. Since it was launched, Lever for Change has managed nine competitions that will ultimately address a variety of issues including reducing GHG emissions, improving economic mobility, assisting refugees to secure a durable and positive future and increasing the power and influence women hold in the United States.

GHG on Warning Road Sign.

The 2030 Climate Challenge

The challenge is open to proposals from organizations with a lead applicant registered as a non-profit or academic institution. All other entities may participate as part of a coalition led by an eligible applicant. Proposals should offer solutions that tackle the issue of GHG emissions in the transportation, industrial and/or building industries with the ultimate goal of eradicating it in the next decade. The solutions should be feasible, scalable and should make a durable impact. All applicants will receive constructive feedback from judges and will be further assisted with access to a variety of peer learning opportunities and webinars. Selected applicants will also be given access to other resources like coaching and workshops.

Maximizing Philanthropy

Even if they don’t receive the prize, the proposals that rank the highest will be included in the Bold Solutions Network, an innovative approach to identifying solutions that are aligned with the philanthropic goals of donors. The network is presented as a searchable online database of highly-rated proposals where philanthropists interested in social change can find worthy projects to support.
People with banners protest as part of a climate change march