Special Projects

Current Special Projects

  • Digital Badges

    Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued.   More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Competition

    The 4th annual Digital Media and Learning Competition will provide $2 million for innovations in badges.  More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Research

    Foundation-funded research is contributing to a growing body of evidence about how young people learn today especially with digital media  More ›

  • Discovery Grants

    Discovery Grants are awarded for exceptionally creative or innovative projects with high potential impact, but which do not fit into the Foundation's existing programs and strategies.  More ›

  • Housing Policy Research

    Compelling findings from a range of fields are revealing critical links between housing and other national policy issues.  More ›

  • How Housing Matters

    How Housing Matters to Families and Communities explores the notion that affordable housing may be an essential "platform" that promotes positive outcomes in education, employment, and physical and mental health, among other areas.   More ›

  • International Connections Fund

    The International Connections Fund supports two-way artistic exchanges that benefit Chicago arts and culture nonprofits and their peer organizations abroad.  More ›

  • What We’re Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    MacArthur is exploring new ways of understanding and addressing the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world, from violence to climate change, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.  More ›