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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Recent News from MacArthur Foundation

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

Our Climate Change And Health “Moment”: How Philanthropy Can Help
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Packard Foundation, Johnson Foundation , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Environmental funders have, to a large extent, provided the primary philanthropic support for fighting climate change. The money spent annually...more

Mazany leaving after 13 years leading Chicago Community Trust
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

“Under Terry's leadership, the Trust has been an exemplar of how a community foundation can work effectively with a global philanthropy with a...more

Fluxx Receives $16 Million
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kresge Foundation

“Fluxx's mission is to enable the philanthropic community to do their ... “We are fusing leading-edge technology with tried and true philanthropy,”...more

The Critical Country: Foundations and the Struggle for Nigeria
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

American foundations have sought to improve life in Nigeria—Africa's most populous country—for at least half a century, with the Ford Foundation...more

Philanthropy vs. Blindness: What's the Latest?
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation

Recently, the MacArthur Foundation announced that two of is eight semi-finalists for a special $100 million grant were organizations fighting...more

MacArthur Awards $5m Journalism, Media Grants to Promote Transparency in Nigeria
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced $5 million in journalism and media funding to advance anti-corruption efforts...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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