Grantee Profile

Woodstock Institute

Grants to Woodstock Institute

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 2 years)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Woodstock Institute, a Chicago-based research and advocacy organization, is a national expert on issues of fair lending and financial system reform. This grant funds research on issues of ongoing concern to the community development field--post-recession lending and foreclosure practices, access to financial services, and retirement savings and asset building--and the development of a web-based data platform that will simplify the sharing of its database and research, and increase public access to its data. Woodstock also will produce a series of briefs and briefings to present its research to a broad audience of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.

  • $85,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Woodstock Institute is a Chicago-based nonprofit that uses applied research, policy analysis, technical assistance and public education to promote fair lending practices and financial system reform on behalf of low-income people and communities. This grant will enable Woodstock to acquire and preserve a large catalog of historical data about Chicago and its neighborhoods and to maintain it for public access. Securing and maintaining access to this database is essential to serving the ongoing data needs of Foundation grantees and other foundations and organizations working in or concerned about Chicago neighborhoods.

  • $275,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To collect and analyze data and to provide technical assistance as part of the Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Project (over two years).

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Community & Economic Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To develop an expanded database on foreclosure filings and completions in Chicago neighborhoods (over two years).

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of three institutional initiatives that will enhance the organization's long-term effectiveness and sustainability: upgrade technological capacity, develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan, and establish a cash reserve.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over four years).

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Woodstock Institute $2,160,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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