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

Job one for local philanthropies: Diversify endowment investments
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

As trustees of philanthropic foundations, we occupy rare but pivotal positions in philanthropy that allow us to influence how our institutions...more

Columbia Provost Katznelson's Russell Sage Foundation Link-Pt.5
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation

In response to an email query asking if the MacArthur Foundation awarded any grants to the Russell Sage Foundation between 2010 and 2020,...more

25 badass women shaping climate action in 2021
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

When it comes to those shaping the corporate climate movement — either ... help them with their environment, social and governance needs," she said. ... Celine Herweijer, Partner, Global...more

How Can Philanthropy Help Rehabilitate US Democracy?
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Solidago Foundation, Ford Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

... philanthropic organizations (the independent sector). In this piece, we focus on how philanthropy can repair and rehabilitate our dysfunctional...more

Women in Safe Homes fund launched with backing of charity partners
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Launched by property investor Patron Capital and social impact investment company ... Keith Breslauer, Managing Director of Patron Capital said: “The case for impact investing has never been more...more

Pioneering 'gender lens' property fund targets £100m raise
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

... of catalytic capital and to expand the reach of the impact investing field. ... The fund and its social impact investment will enable more women...more

Impact fund targeting UK's vulnerable and homeless women launched
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Real estate fund manager Patron Capital and several impact investment ... Patron Capital, social-impact investment specialist Resonance and Big Society ... said: “The case for impact investing has...more

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

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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The Social Investment Tax Relief

The proposed Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) has UK civil society and social organizations stirred up this season. The supposed tax relief on investment in social impact bonds will support the UK social economy.

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