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Loan Pool to Help Redevelop Vacant Buildings into Affordable Rentals

A newly created $26 million loan pool will help redevelop vacant one- to four-unit buildings into affordable rentals in the Chicago area. Read More
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13 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded up to $1.5 Million Each

MacArthur named 13 organizations in five countries as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Award recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability. Read More
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MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions: Past Recipients

Since 2006, MacArthur has recognized and awarded over 50 organizations for their innovative approaches to solving problems across the Foundation's programs. Read More

Increasing Digital Access in Chicago Neighborhoods

The MacArthur-supported Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses, and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Read More

LISC Expands Centers To Aid Low-Income Families

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is expanding its Financial Opportunity Centers by bringing them to new cities, new neighborhoods in cities with existing Centers, and expanding some Centers. Read More

New Program for Youth Seeks to Prevent Summer Violence in Chicago

The City of Chicago and Cook County launched One Summer Chicago, an initiative to provide kids an expanded array of summer programs, keep them off the streets, and prevent youth violence. Read More

Foundation President Robert Gallucci Addresses the City Club of Chicago

MacArthur President Robert Gallucci shares his insights into philanthropy while discussing his background and his goals for the Foundation. Read More

Russia–U.S. Community Development Exchange

In an exchange made possible by MacArthur’s International Connections Fund, American community development experts from LISC met with their Russian counterparts to share strategies and experiences in working to improve urban neighborhoods. Read More

A Comprehensive Approach to Transforming Communities

The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development will offer training, build capacity, and document what is working or not in community development efforts across the country. Read More

Remarks by Julia Stasch, Inauguration of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

MacArthur's Vice President of U.S. Programs discusses how the Institute can become a leader in the field of community development. Read More

New Investments for Community Development Financial Institutions

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will receive new investments based on the efforts of a number of MacArthur grantees. Read More

Helping Communities Revitalize Neighborhoods Hit Hard by Foreclosures

The National Community Stabilization Trust, a new collaborative venture of nonprofit housing organizations, private philanthropies, and financial institutions announced the launch of its national effort. Read More

“Migration in a Changing World,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes the Foundation's efforts to better understand migration patterns and support better migration governance. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton at the City of Chicago’s Foreclosure Press Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes new Foundation initiatives intended to help stabilize Chicago neighborhoods hard hit by vacancy and foreclosure. Read More

MacArthur Commits $68 Million to Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation in Chicago

To help combat the growing lending crisis and the rise of foreclosures in Chicago, MacArthur is investing $68 million in grants and low-interest loans in foreclosure prevention and mitigation efforts in local neighborhoods. Read More

Chicago Organizations to Form International Connections

MacArthur awarded $325,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with 16 countries. Read More

Bolstering Success of Chicago Middle-School Students

A program to increase the success of middle-school students in Chicago and bolster their chances of graduating high school was announced at an event at the Orozco Community Academy. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Integrated Services in Schools Program

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to help foster positive change in Chicago's poor but promising neighborhoods. Read More

“Getting it Done: New Tools for Communities,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the LISC National Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses how to tap the significant economic and human potential of urban neighborhoods. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, 30th Anniversary Grantee Reception, Museum of Contemporary Art

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the creation of a $1 million fund to encourage international exchanges between Foundation grantees and other countries. Read More

New Directions in Community Change

Contents President's Message: New Directions in Community Change Vice President’s Message: Applying Market Dynamics to Community Change New Communities Program: Improving Chicago’s neighborhoods The NCP Approach At-a-Glance Supporting Neighborhood Organizations: Grants to Community ... Read More

Community Revitalization Efforts in 10 Cities

MacArthur is awarding $4 million for comprehensive community revitalization efforts in ten U.S. cities based on the principles of Chicago's New Communities Program. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) National Leadership Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's partnership with LISC in Chicago and identifies core principles of that partnership that may prove useful to other cities' community development efforts. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Americans for the Arts; Arts and Economic Prosperity Launch

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton outlines the Foundation's long commitment to supporting arts institutions, especially in Chicago. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Preservation Compact

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the Foundation's commitment to reverse the loss of affordable rental housing in Chicago. Read More

"Investing in Chicago Neighborhoods," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, City Club of Chicago

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundations $26-million grant to the New Communities Program to support neighborhood revitalization in Chicago. Read More

Community and Economic Development in Chicago Neighborhoods

MacArthur announced a new $26 million investment to support the nation’s largest community and economic development effort, which is focused on 16 of Chicago’s lowest-income neighborhoods Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at a Press Event Announcing $26 Million for Chicago Neighborhoods

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces a renewed commitment of $26 million supporting the Chicago neighborhood revitalization efforts of the New Communities Project. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Center for Working Families Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on the Center for Working Families' successes in helping families find employment and public benefits and announces a new $3 million grant to help the Center expand. Read More

Helping More Low-Income Families Build Wealth

MacArthur will invest $3 million dollars to expand an innovative new effort to help low-income families in 13 Chicago neighborhoods achieve financial stability and build wealth. Read More

New Communities Program: Reflections from the First Year

Chicago's New Communities Program (NCP) post results, honors community heroes, and unveils the portfolio of projects ready for investment. Read More

Review of the New Communities Program: Toward Effective Implementation of Neighborhood Plans

In this review we take a close look at the New Communities Program (NCP) and its progress. Should support for NCP go forward and, if so, how might it be changed? Read More

"The Power of Partnerships: Insights from Chicago's Plan for Transformation," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities Annual Meeting

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the formation of the Partnership for New Communities and its goal to help new neighborhoods succeed by encouraging residents to move to them and genearting economic opportunities. Read More

“The Importance of Institutions,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Chicago Donor’s Forum Luncheon

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details the Foundation's support of organizations around the world and its commitment to Chicago. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the City Club of Chicago on “Deep Roots, Deep Commitment: MacArthur Investments in Chicago”

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton relates the Foundation's support for arts, housing, education, and economic development in Chicago. Read More

Comprehensive Change for 16 Chicago Neighborhoods

On the morning of May 18, 2005, more than 500 people gathered at the Chicago Hilton to launch the New Communities Program, a comprehensive revitalization effort funded by MacArthur and managed by the Chicago Office of ... Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton At Event Announcing Establishment Of New Chicago Community Land Trust

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton joins Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to announce the creation of the Trust, which aims to help hundreds of the city's families afford homes in improving communities. Read More

New Life for Chicago Neighborhoods: The New Communities Program

This edition of the MacArthur Foundation’s electronic newsletter is about the New Communities Program, a remarkable effort under way in Chicago to bring about comprehensive change in 16 of Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods.  It ... Read More

Welcoming Remarks by Jonathan Fanton to the Small Business Investment Alliance

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the importance of investment in community development by financial insitutions and some of the issues surrounding the Community Reinvestment Act. Read More

Reducing the Threat of WMDs

The MacArthur Foundation is pleased to introduce this monthly electronic newsletter. Foundations are fortunate to have access to vast networks of information and thanks to new technologies, we can do a much better job of making ... Read More