Community Solutions has been named the $100 million recipient in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition!

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And scroll down to see how some of the social media world reacted to the event and announcement (you can rewatch the full program here):

MacArthur today awarded a $100 million grant to Community Solutions to accelerate an end to homelessness in 75 U.S. communities in five years.

The Foundation’s Board selected Community Solutions from the six finalists in 100&Change, MacArthur’s global competition to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.

Community Solutions will use the $100 million grant to implement and scale Built for Zero, its data-driven public health approach to accelerating an end to homelessness. Ending homelessness has the potential to strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and enhance economic well-being.

The project…

On Wednesday, April 7, we’ll host a live event showcasing six bold solutions in contention for a single $100 million grant

Watch the competition live on our YouTube channel.

Six finalists.

One $100 million grant.

100&Change: Finalists Live will give us an in-depth look at the bold solutions presented by these creative organizations, and we can’t wait for their presentations.

This competition is sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and its affiliate Lever for Change. Scott Simon, Host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, award-winning journalist, and author will emcee an interactive event featuring the six 100&Change Finalists, and we will announce the $100 million grant recipient.

Watch all their videos and check out a few behind the scenes shots of finalists preparing for their presentations:

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On April 7, 2021, we’ll be hosting an event featuring the six finalists of 100&Change, and then announcing the $100 million recipient of the competition.

Check out all the 100&Change finalists:

And register to watch the 100&Change Finalists Live Event, live.

Inhe Choi, EunSook Lee, Ai-jen Poo, and Stephanie Sy reflect on the history and impacts of anti-Asian hate and violence and how they grapple with its harms.

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Earlier this week, we witnessed another senseless and horrific killing of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were women of Asian descent. We stand in solidarity with our Asian and Asian-American grantees and partners, for whom this act of violence must be particularly upsetting and galvanizing.

This latest act of anti-Asian violence brings to mind several important facts. One is that we are far from out of the long…

Globally, the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities for women, trans people, and children who are Indigenous or ethnic-minorities. To ensure an equitable recovery, it is essential to address their specific needs and respond to increased gender-based violence, a rise in racism, reduced access to healthcare, fewer safe spaces, limited access to technology, and unequal workloads. We awarded grants to organizations that are uniquely situated to develop strategies with and for communities based on long-term relationships, a keen awareness of locally defined needs, and culturally appropriate responses. Organizations receiving grants include:

From the Museum and Science and Industry to the Field Museum, from the American Indian Center to the Newberry Library and Hyde Park Art Center, our grantees have some really cool programming in the hopper as they start to reopen and spring arrives.

A quick snapshot of some of the media coverage they have received:

Every year we award MacArthur Fellowships of $625,000 to individuals who display an extraordinary amount of talent and creativity. The no-strings-attached Fellowships encourage talented and creative people to pursue their intellectual and professional endeavors.

On International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight the voices of a few women who are among the 1000+ MacArthur Fellows. We present these reflections as a way to uplift their personal stories and aspirations, share their collective challenges and triumphs, and shed light on their work to help make the world a better place.

In the comments, let us know which quotes resonate with you!

How come we live in an economy where people are working so hard and they can’t make ends meet — literally put food on the table for their babies? It made me think of why so many women are trapped where they are not compensated. How little the work that women do to take care of their own families is supported and how little the professionals that care for us are valued was so striking to me. It struck me also that this is work that has primarily been associated with women of color and immigrant women.” — Ai-jen Poo, Labor Organizer

The Cleveland Avenue State Treasurer Urban Success (CAST US) fund launched with support from Arc Chicago, LLC, an investment fund created by MacArthur to make loans and investments for Benefit Chicago, our collaboration with The Chicago Community Trust and Calvert Impact Capital. The CAST US Fund will focus on Black, Latinx, and women entrepreneurs on the South and West Sides of Chicago. It aims to help fill the 80 percent funding gap for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs across all sectors.

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