Community & Economic Development

MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read our strategy

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“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

Increased Support for Chicago Arts and Culture: International Connections Fund

MacArthur is increasing the number of Chicago area arts and culture organizations it supports from 180 to 200 and creating a new $1 million fund to enable its Chicago grantees to increase their international connections. 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

Fund to Help Neighborhoods Benefit from 2016 Olympics

MacArthur, The Chicago Community Trust, the McCormick Tribune Foundation, and the Polk Bros. Foundation announced that they are establishing a fund to ensure the 2016 Chicago olympics would provide lasting benefits to neighborhoods and residents. Read More

Wachovia Next Award Boosts Two Community Development Financial Institutions

Latino Community Credit Union, Durham, N.C., and ACCION Texas, San Antonio, TX are sharing an $8.25 million prize from the Opportunity Finance Network. Read More

Report on Prisoner Reentry Influences Crime Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a crime bill that includes several recommendations from a policy report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a MacArthur grantee. The bill, known as the Second ... 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
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Jonathan Fanton on community development in Chicago

Jonathan Fanton, president of the MacArthur Foundation, discusses the Foundation's investments in community and economic development through the New Communities Program.

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Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
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Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
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Alaina Harkness

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
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Mijo Vodopic

Program Officer
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
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Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
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Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary