Grantee Profile

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

Grants to Business and Professional People for the Public Interest

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Program-Related Investments

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is a public interest law and policy center that addresses issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region. By providing direct technical assistance to municipalities and timely, informative research on housing policy issues, BPI contributes to a county-wide initiative to preserve affordable rental housing: The Preservation Compact. This grant enables BPI to continue its collaborative approach to engage state and local policymakers, housing advocates, and real estate developers, among others, about affordable rental housing's essential function within a community.

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is a public interest law and policy center that addresses social justice and quality of life issues in the Chicago region. One of the organizations that uses its information is The Preservation Compact, which seeks to raise awareness about affordable rental housing's value and create a climate in which public, private, and non-profit sectors work together to stem the loss of affordable rental housing in Cook County. BPI will use this grant to continue to provide legal and policy research to sustain local housing policy initiatives in support of the Compact.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Duration 4 years)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) is a Chicago-based, public interest law and policy center that advocates for solutions to a range of social justice issues, including affordable and public housing, public education, and state and local political reform. The grant will support the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship Endowment Fund, strategic planning activities, and an upgraded suite of communication tools, including a redesigned website.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support monitoring, technical assistance and an advisory role in the Plan for Transformation of public housing (over two years).

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support activities related to the Preservation Compact: An Action Plan for Cook County (over three years).

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the monitoring, technical assistance, and advisory role to mixed-income developments under the Plan for Transformation (over three years).

  • $175,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of activities related to the Preservation Compact (over two years).

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of monitoring, technical assistance, and advocacy to ensure successful mixed-income developments under the Plan for Transformation of public housing in Chicago (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Business and Professional People for the Public Interest $2,900,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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