Finding, Funding, and Scaling
The MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition offers important lessons on how to conduct large award competitions in ways that can boost the field of philanthropy.
Jeff Ubois interviews Thomas Kalil of Schmidt Futures (a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt) about how calls to solve big problems through competitions can, when done right, galvanize innovation.
The MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change team learned a lot from the first round of grants that will boost collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the next round.
100&Change sought to add value to participants by helping to raise the profile of a variety of meaningful solutions.
How the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy winnowed 100&Change’s Top 200 proposals.
Proposals for grants can offer a wealth of ideas and information to the nonprofit community, if foundations take the right steps.
At The Lemelson Foundation, we seek to foster inventions that will have social impact and improve lives. But our support for early-stage innovation could not succeed without a trusted network of grantees and partners.
Big bets can make a big difference, but only if they catalyze interest and follow-up investment in the problems they seek to address.
Philanthropy is poised for a grand transformation, but it will require a lot of investment, capacity building, and experimentation to get it right.
The legal and logistical challenges to hosting a competition are surmountable, but they require proper planning and due diligence.