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How Two Philanthropic Powerhouses Are Teaming Up to Advance Gender Equality

Image from the campaign toolkit for Equality Can’t Wait, a new $30 million philanthropic contest. Melinda Gates and Mackenzie Bezos made big waves in feminist philanthropy recently when they teamed up to launch Equality Can’t Wait, a new $30 million grant contest focused on gender equality. It’s run by Gates’ investment and incubation company, Pivotal Ventures, with support from Bezos and the nonprofit Lever For Change. The creation of this competition launches a major new partnership between two of the richest women on the planet.

Applicant organizations will try to convince these philanthropic powerhouses, as well as their nonprofit peers, that they can move the needle on women’s empowerment in meaningful ways within the next 10 years. At least two winners will receive at least $10 million over five years, with the remaining funds to be split among up to 10 finalists.

Gates’ Pivotal Ventures seeks to seed social progress, and it is one branch of her commitment to devoting $1 billion to U.S. gender equity through 2030. Another example of Pivotal’s work is the Ascend Fund , which aims to advance women in U.S. politics.

This is one of Mackenzie Bezos ’ biggest solo funding moves since she and Jeff Bezos […]

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