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

The Week in impact investing: Scenarios
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Russell Family Foundation

... of tech innovation and impact investing. (Stripe this week acquired Nigerian payments company Paystack, a portfolio company of impact...more

Foundations Are Sending More Dollars to Donor-Advised Funds, Chronicle Analysis Finds
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

... to the grants, saying they open the door to “privatized” election management. ... You'll learn from a planned-giving director at a nonprofit, a veteran ... Tips for developing a...more

New Prize Modeled on MacArthur 'Genius' Grants Hands Out $1 Million
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

As with the MacArthur Foundation's well-known “genius” grants, the David prizes come with no conditions. That differentiates the new grants from...more

Ralph Lemon and Fred Moten Among 2020 MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winners
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

... grant winners, all of whom will each receive a no-strings-attached prize of $625,000, disbursed over five years by the MacArthur...more

Across America briefs
Foundation: Citi Foundation , MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation

$100 million in Citi Foundation grants to support community change agents addressing racial equity. — Houston Defender Network. Prince...more

The Week in impact investing: Dissent
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation

Social Impact Ventures' Willemijn Verloop, an ImpactAlpha Agent of Impact, will chair the Netherlands new national advisory board to promote...more

COVID response spawns network to support Latin American entrepreneurs
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

... Forum's COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs launched this month. ... The fragmented entrepreneurial support ecosystem in Latin America...more

Cook County plans to give out grants of up to $10000 to small businesses hit hard by pandemic
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

The Chicago Community Trust, McCormick Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Polk Brothers Foundation and JP Morgan Chase are helping...more

Southland Economic Transformation Fund Awards Over $400000 to 10 Innovative Projects
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

The Southland Economic Transformation (SET) Fund, generously supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and managed...more

Ted Halstead, social entrepreneur who created DC policy institutes, dies at 52
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Ted Halstead, an author and social entrepreneur who helped create Washington-based policy institutes that groomed a generation of...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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