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

What's New

RSS

Project Seeks to Cut Recidivism Among Former Prisoners

With two-thirds of former prisoners in Illinois convicted of another crime within three years of their release from prison, the state's comprehensive program seeks to cut this number dramatically. Read More

Beyond the $10 Million Milestone in Supporting Chicago Neighborhoods

The Partnership for New Communities announced that it has surpassed the $10 million milestone in grants benefiting Chicago neighborhoods. Read More
Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute thumbnail

Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute

Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

Watch

Ohio Sets Cap on Payday Loan Interest Rates

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed legislation that will cap interest rates on payday loans to 28 percent, compared with current rates that approach 400 percent. MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending provided technical assistance, research ... Read More

New Milwaukee Initiative Modeled on New Communities Program

Philanthropist Joseph Zilber announced a new 10-year, $50 million initiative in Milwaukee that is explicitly modeled on the New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago, which is supported by the Foundation through LISC. The new initiative will ... Read More

President Signs Second Chance Act

President Bush signed into law the Second Chance Act, which includes several recommendations regarding prisoner reentry suggested by MacArthur grantee the Council of State Governments Justice Center. 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

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

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
Portrait of Maurice Classen

Maurice Classen

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Mijo Vodopic

Mijo Vodopic

Program Officer
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary