Still from Hoop Dreams, Kartemquin Films

Each year MacArthur makes grants to exceptional organizations that are key contributors to fields that are core to the Foundation's work. These organizations generate provocative ideas, reframe the debate, or provide new ways of looking at persistent problems. Some are particularly effective at delivering services or challenging old paradigms.

A significant investment in such promising organizations can contribute to progress on an issue or in an area of work, and can also help position these organizations for long-term growth and impact.

Awards are made to existing MacArthur grantees that are key to their fields and to the Foundation's goals for those fields, exhibit strong leadership and governance, have demonstrated impact that is likely to continue into the future, and are ready to implement a plan for expansion or sustainability – not just of the programs but of the organization itself.

The Foundation does not seek or accept external nominations for this award. Award winning organizations receive one-time institution-building grants of between $350,000 and $2.5 million depending on the size of the organization.  

Learn more about the award.

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions