What information is available on this site?

This site includes nearly 1,900 of the proposals submitted for 100&Change, a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. Each proposal profile includes information submitted by the applicants as part of their proposal, as well as additional information extracted from the proposal and from Foundation Center’s databases.

Information from applicants includes: the executive summary; problem statement; proposed solution; evidence of effectiveness; previous performance; team purpose; team structure; area served; and project contact.

Information extracted from the proposals includes: sector/issue area; population served; strategy; sustainable development goal (SDG); additional, and often more granular, information on geographic area served; and evidence cited by the applicant.

Additional information supplied by Foundation Center includes: organization revenue; number of employees; organizations’ past funders (if available); and other related resources from IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector.

What is 100&Change?

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. The competition opened on June 2, 2016 and was open to proposals addressing any critical issue, from any sector, as long as they had a charitable purpose. Applications were accepted through October 3, 2016.

In all, the competition received 1,904 proposals. Eight semi-finalists were announced in February 2017 and four finalists were announced in September 2017. These four finalists presented their proposals to an in-person audience in Chicago on December 11th. Shortly thereafter, the MacArthur Foundation announced the winner of the competition - Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee - which was selected by MacArthur's Board of Directors. The three other finalists were also awarded $15 million each.

To learn more about the competition, please visit: https://www.100andchange.org/#about.

Who was eligible to apply for the 100&Change competition?

The competition was open to eligible organizations or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (state, federal or country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized. Eligible organizations included nonprofit organizations, private foundations, for-profit corporations, benefit corporations or similar hybrid organizations, and others.

Individuals and government entities were not eligible to submit applications.

To learn more about the competition’s eligibility requirements and other rules, please visit: https://www.100andchange.org/#rules.

How were proposals scored?

Of the, 1,904 proposals submitted, 801 passed an initial administrative review. Each valid proposal was reviewed and scored by five expert judges from the 100&Change evaluation panel, which included more than 400 thinkers, visionaries, and experts in fields that included education, public health, impact investing, technology, the sciences, the arts, and human rights. Rather than have judges review proposals based on their field of expertise, the MacArthur Foundation randomly assigned proposals and asked judges to provide ratings on four criteria -meaningfulness, verifiability, durability, and feasibility - based on their broad knowledge. Judges’ comments and scores were shared with applicants.

To learn more about the scoring process, please visit: https://www.100andchange.org/#scoring and https://www.100andchange.org/#fairness.

Why is only some scoring information available on this site?

This site identifies the Top 200 proposals based on judges’ scores, the eight semi-finalists and four finalists selected by the MacArthur Foundation, and the winner chosen by the MacArthur Foundation’s board of directors.

Individual rankings have not been made available out of recognition that every funder or donor has their own criteria for making funding decisions. Judges’ scores for the 100&Change competition were based on four criteria (meaningful, verifiable, feasible, and durable), which may not be as relevant or applicable to other funders. For example, for funders interested in early stage research and testing, verifiable may not be as important as feasible. For funders interested in identifying more effective and efficient delivery of a social service, the scores on meaningful and verifiable might be more informative than a score on durable.

How can I use the information on this site?

This site is designed to serve as a resource for foundations and other funders, individual donors, philanthropic advisors, and nonprofits and others directly working to solve the problems represented here. Contact information is available for each proposal so you can easily reach out to learn more.

  • As a funder or donor, you can use this site to identify potential grantees, inform your strategy, or simply get inspired by the ideas submitted. Through the site, you can identify organizations active in your issue or geographic area(s) of work, learn more about the concerns of the communities you work in, and find out how others are tackling the problems you care about.
  • For philanthropic advisors and funder networks, this site provides easy access to information about organizations and potential solutions to critical problems so that you can quickly respond to client or member requests.
  • For nonprofits and others working to design and implement solutions, you can use this site to identify and connect with others working on the same problem, either in your own community or elsewhere.

Have applicants been vetted?

A proposal’s inclusion on this site does not represent an endorsement of an applicant or their proposed solution by either the MacArthur Foundation or Foundation Center. Each funder or donor should conduct their own due diligence should they be interested in funding an organization on this site.

I am an applicant. Some of my information is out of date. How can I correct this?

If you need to update information about your organization, please contact 100andchange@foundationcenter.org. Please note that we cannot make updates to your proposal narrative. However, if your organization contact information or project contact is out of date, please contact us.