John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (IL)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation's largest independent foundations.

The foundation supports creative people and effective institutions that are commited to building more just, verdant, and peaceful world. They work to defend human rights, advance global conservation, and security.

The foundation promotes the development of knowledge and individual creativity. They also work to strengthen institutions, improve public policy, and provide public information by supporting public interest media.

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$217,488,289 - 2010-12-31
$216,757,656 - 2006-12-31

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Recent News from MacArthur Foundation

Grants to Promote Peace and Build Trust
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Recognizing the potential for a spike in violence in Chicago this summer, the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities awarded 120...more

Ending the Standoff: Who's Trying To Change the Conversation on Guns?
Foundation: David Bohnett Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Simons Foundation

Total philanthropic funding on gun violence is still quite modest, ... Last year, in an interview with Inside Philanthropy, David Bohnett said he...more

Grant Database
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Total philanthropic funding on gun violence is still quite modest, ... Last year, in an interview with Inside Philanthropy, David Bohnett said he...more

How's That Unique Impact Investing Effort Playing Out in Chicago?
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

Last year, we highlighted an innovative initiative that aims to let pretty much anyone with a little extra money get involved in financing efforts to...more

Soundcast Review: The Genius Dialogues
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

In addition to the amazing philanthropic outlay the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation awards each year (more than $6 billion US since 1978)...more

Can a New Prize Rewarding Innovation Help Clean Up the Ocean Plastic Problem?
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

But we should be on high alert when philanthropic initiatives position ... Beyond that, philanthropy needs to back innovation, but also ocean...more

Rajiv Shah on Rockefeller Foundation priorities, multilateralism and philanthropy
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Amid a mood of global distrust toward institutions, philanthropic foundations must prioritize winning public confidence, including by partnering...more

Now Is the Time for Foundations to Invest for Mission and Impact
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

The Mission Possible series is a call to action for philanthropy to fully embrace impact investing as an essential tool to drive meaningful social...more

Ford Foundation Bets $1 Billion On Mission Investing
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, F.B. Heron Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Kellogg Foundation

“If philanthropy's last half-century was about optimizing the 5 percent, its next half-century will be about beginning to harness the 95 percent as...more

Illustrative Grants from MacArthur Foundation

Woodstock Institute - $200,000

Washington State's Administrative Office of the Courts - $380,000

Washington State University - $300,000

Volunteers of America - $2,000,000

Urban Institute - $30,000

Vera Institute of Justice - $600,000

University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs - $285,000

University of Southern California - $250,000

University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts - $485,000

University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice - $30,000

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