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WE SEEK THOSE POSSESSING THE CREATIVITY, ENTREPRENEURIAL ETHOS, AND INNOVATIVE SPIRIT TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR DIRECTED PASSION, NEW IDEAS, AND ENERGY.

Launched in 2014, the Rathmann Challenge engages organizations with forward thinking ideas and a willingness to challenge themselves and their professional colleagues to strive for a better solution.

Rathmann Challenge applicants have a proven ability to implement a successful program. They also have an Even Bigger Idea that, if given the opportunity could benefit the world. The Rathmann Challenge Top Honoree receives $100,000 for their past outstanding work and the exclusive invitation to apply for an Even Bigger Idea grant of $200,000. Put them together and $300,000 could turn a vision into reality. A Rathmann Challenge applicant must be based in and deliver their programming in the United States.

Offered biennially, the Rathmann Challenge rotates through various funding areas: Arts and Culture; Education; Environment; Health; Human Services; International Aid; Public Affairs; Technology; and Science.

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The Rathmann Challenge engages organizations with forward thinking ideas and a willingness to challenge themselves and their professional colleagues to strive for a better solution.

PAST CHALLENGES

2015 Rathmann Challenge

The Rathmann Challenge of 2015 sought ways to support educators in addressing issues which interfere with PreK-12 students’ abilities to be fully present in the classroom. The applications received were extraordinary and addressed many issues: food, clothing, classroom supplies, shelter, personal care, dental, medical, mental health and legal support (e.g. immigration, juvenile and custodial issues). Of the many highly qualified organizations that applied, four were selected for funding.

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2017 Rathmann Challenge

Compost has long been used for improved soil productivity, increased water retention, and reduced sensitivity to drought. Application of compost to agricultural lands can be an effective waste management technique for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We saw widespread use of compost as an important tool for recapturing carbon from the atmosphere, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and stabilizing the carbon cycle. Of the many highly qualified organizations that applied, five were selected for funding.

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