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

100&Change: Plan and 99 Other Organizations Vie for $100 Million
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

“By funding at a level far above what is typical in philanthropy, we can address problems and support solutions that are radically different in...more

MacArthur Foundation grants more for local criminal justice system reform
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The MacArthur Foundation awarded the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and the Seventh Circuit Court...more

New $12 Million Grant Competition Seeks to Create a Durable Future for Refugees
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

ICONIQ Impact is ICONIQ Capital's platform for collaborative philanthropy. ICONIQ Impact's goal is to unlock philanthropic capital and guide it...more

The Brief: Blended climate finance, lab-grown meat, JPMorgan's development finance, circular ...
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

The Brief: Blended climate finance, lab-grown meat, JPMorgan's development finance, circular economy for plastics, Sorenson's Winter...more

New Co-Op Aims to Take Over .Org Registry Operations
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

... that would replace the existing organization structure for the management of .org. ... ORG Registrants, a nonprofit incorporated this week in California, wants to both ... Our incentive is to...more

2019 in Review: Vallejo remembers those we lost
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Vallejo lost a number of shining stars from its community in 2019. .... He has also been awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant, for writings of...more

Conservation's Role in Philanthropic Giving Is Changing
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation

In an effort to understand how environmental philanthropy can help ... field, demonstrate a changing landscape of philanthropic conservation...more

Commentary: Strengthening Human Services Community-Based Organizations
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Kresge Foundation

Those foundations are among the nation's largest philanthropic organizations. In an effort to address the chronic underfunding of grantees,...more

Local MacArthur Fellow and activist tells disabled women's rights story to music
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

All three collaborators are part of the MacArthur Fellows Program, often referred to as the Genius Grant, a prize awarded annually to around 25...more

Coalition Of High-Profile Donors Finance Impact Investing Infrastructure
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Nine foundations and family offices recently announced the launch of the Tipping Point Fund (TPF). The Tipping Point Fund aims to boost field-building efforts in impact investing and maintain both...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

Social Enterprise Network Sites

Social Entrepreneurship

Increasing the Diversity of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Increasing the diversity of social entrepreneurs in the U.S.

One of the most significant challenges to social entrepreneurship and innovation is ensuring a diversity of approaches and participants in the movement. To truly deliver meaningful social change the leaders of the effort must share perspectives of the challenges faced by communities across the U.S. that can most appropriately come from members of those communities. Ashoka, through its All America initiative seeks to increase the diversity of social entrepreneurship practitioners.

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