About Us

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy; the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago; and generating new knowledge about critical issues.

MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. In addition to Chicago, MacArthur has offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria.

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John D. MacArthur
(1897-1978) developed and owned Bankers Life and Casualty Company and other businesses, as well as considerable property in Florida and New York. His wife Catherine (1909-1981) held positions in many of these companies and served as a director of the Foundation.

 

 

At a Glance

Total Assets: $6.47 billion as of December 31, 2014

Grantmaking 2014

  • Grants authorized: $203.5 million
  • Grant requests: about 5,200
  • Number of grants: 521
  • Range of grants: $10,000 to $4.7 million
  • Range of operations: U.S. and about 50 countries worldwide
  • U.S. Programs: $83.2million
  • International Programs: $73.2 million
  • Media, Culture & Special Initiatives: $39.6 million
  • MacArthur Fellows Program: $12.2million
  • Cross-Foundation Programs: $13.6 million
  • Program-Related Investments: $11.6 million

Foundation Staff

  • United States: 158
  • Overseas: 27