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Charity Navigator Features 100&Change Finalists to Increase Awareness and Funding


GLEN ROCK, N.J. (April 13, 2020) — Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized charity evaluator, announced today that it will feature 21 of the Top 100 proposals in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition. The Top 100 represent the highest-scoring submissions in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world's most critical social challenges.

Visitors to Charity Navigator will have the opportunity to review the video submissions from the 100&Change Top 100 with a 3- or 4-star rating as part of a dedicated Hot Topic. The proposed solutions range from eliminating blindness to ending domestic violence.  Additionally, qualifying applicants will be featured on Charity Navigator’s social media platforms or channels, leading up to the selection of the 100&Change finalists later this year and the $100 million award recipient in the summer of 2021.

Charity Navigator’s President and CEO Michael Thatcher shares, “I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the 100&Change Wise Head Panel. “In this role, I had the opportunity to review some truly inspirational and innovative approaches to addressing the world’s most critical social problems. With a mission of making impactful philanthropy easier for all, it’s only natural for us to help increase the visibility of the finalists and encourage others to consider supporting these organizations.”

This initiative amplifies the work of MacArthur affiliate, Lever for Change, which manages 100&Change and recently launched the Bold Solutions Network, a searchable online collection of the highest-rated proposals that emerge from 100&Change and the other competitions Lever for Change manages.

“We are committed to matching philanthropists with high-impact solutions and problem solvers to accelerate social change,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change and MacArthur Managing Director, 100&Change, “Our partnership with Charity Navigator allows philanthropists to make funding decisions with confidence, knowing that both the proposed solution and the organizations’ financial health, accountability, and transparency are highly regarded by two trusted entities.”

To view Charity Navigator’s 100&Change Hot Topic, please visit charitynavigator.org/100andchange.

Charity Navigator is the world’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. The organization guides informed giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability, and transparency of charities and by providing data for about 1.7 million nonprofits, accessed more than 10 million times annually. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.

Lever for Change is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation affiliate, whose mission is to unlock significant philanthropic capital and accelerate social change around the world’s biggest social challenges. Building off of the success of 100&Change, MacArthur’s breakthrough $100 million competition, Lever for Change helps philanthropists source vetted, high-impact philanthropic opportunities and connects nonprofits and problem solvers to significant amounts of philanthropic capital. Lever for Change does this through managing customized competitions for philanthropists or by matching them with solutions in its Bold Solutions Network, a searchable online database of the top vetted proposals from all of the competitions it runs.

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