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

Lone Star Prize dangles $10 million for a Texas-sized idea
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Small and her philanthropic billionaire boss, Lyda Hill, have wanted to hold a similar competition for several years and jumped at the opportunity ... Hill has chosen to donate her entire estate to...more

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

The luxury days of time-consuming grant-making applications and review are over. Last Tuesday, the Chicago fund announced $3.5 million in grants...more

How Gov. Pritzker, sister Penny — billionaires both — jump-started Illinois COVID-19 relief fund
Foundation: Caterpillar Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

In the war against COVID-19, the Pritzkers are working the philanthropy precincts — and opening their own wallets — to address the...more

Effects of Gun Violence Can Be Reduced in Youth, Chicago Program Shows
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

Everyone wins when innovative interventions that make sustained impacts are supported. Walter Katz served as deputy chief of staff for public safety...more

Purchase College Presents a Reading with Edwidge Danticat
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation

... including National Book Awards, MacArthur Foundation Grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, and Man Booker Prizes...more

Busola Dakolo, Amy Jadesimi, Kiki Mordi, Mercy Chinwo, Apaokagi Maryam—here are Nigeria's ...
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Institute

From edTech entrepreneur -Titi Adewusi, who is using technology to help primary ... As a social change activist, Abimbola is committed to finding...more

Prudential's $1 billion portfolio of impact investments offers a blueprint for institutional investors
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation

27 – Long before $1 billion became table stakes for impact investment ... unproven storm-water credits from its main impact-investing portfolio...more

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

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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