Use of the MacArthur Logo
The MacArthur Foundation is proud of the work of our grantees. We encourage you to use our logo in your printed materials and on your website to highlight our support.
When using the MacArthur logo we ask that you:
- Respect our visual identity guidelines below.
- Ensure that our logo appears clean and legible.
- Indicate near the logo “Supported by” to make clear MacArthur’s role.
- Provide a hyperlink to MacArthur’s website (www.macfound.org) when you use our logo online.)
- Seek our input for any non-traditional uses of the logo or the Foundation’s name.
- Send us links to your materials that use our logo (email preferred).
Understanding the Logo
MacArthur’s visual identity (logo) pairs the colors blue and green, mirroring the sky and earth. The design reflects the Foundation’s international reach and commitment to building a just, verdant, and peaceful world. The colors are bright and vibrant, reflecting the Foundation’s focus on the future and sense of optimism.
Generally, grantees should use MacArthur’s primary logo. Exceptions occur when (1) it will appear in a series of logos or (2) it conflicts with your design (e.g. cannot be read against your background color or will appear in black and white). Under these circumstances, consider using our secondary or alternative logos.
The minimum size for reproducing the primary logo in print publications is 0.3" high.
The secondary MacArthur logo — reversed out of two color bars — can be used when the logo is presented in a large group of other logos.
The minimum size for reproducing the alternative logo in print publications is 0.32" high.
If our primary logo conflicts with your design (for example, it cannot be read against your background colors or you are printing in black and white only), this monochrome version is permitted.
This version of our logo should be used as a visual alternative in videos supported by MacArthur.
White Space Around Logo
The grey areas around our logo define the minimum space that must be left between the logo and any other graphic elements such as text, illustrations, and borders. The minimum recommended safety area is equal to the height of the lettering. Whenever possible, allow even more space around the logo.
It is important to reproduce the logo colors as consistently as possible. Here are specifications for print and electronic display.
Questions about these design guidelines should be emailed to the Communications Assistant, or call (312) 917-3690.
Do not modify the logo in any way. If you have questions about logo use, please contact the Communications team or call (312) 917-3690.
Use of the MacArthur Name
If the Foundation’s name is to appear in print (whether near the logo or not), please use our full name:
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Note “the” is not part of our name and, therefore, should be in lower case if it appears at all. We encourage you to provide a hyperlink to MacArthur’s website (www.macfound.org) or to print the web address near our name.
Boilerplate Language About the MacArthur Foundation
If you would like to include in your printed materials or online a paragraph of boilerplate text describing the MacArthur Foundation, please use the following text:
“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 advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.”
On-Air Credit for the MacArthur Foundation
If you would like to provide an on-air (radio, television, or film) credit to the Foundation, please use the following text:
“Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. More information at macfound.org.”
Issuing a Press Release
We encourage you to share news about your MacArthur grant with your community and the media. This could include issuing a press release to announce your MacArthur grant, as well as releases that provide information on the impact of your work.
It is helpful if you can share your press release with us in advance. We like to review releases that mention MacArthur to ensure that the Foundation and the grant are properly represented. We may also post your release on MacArthur's website, enabling more people to see it. And we can sometimes suggest specific reporters or media outlets that might be interested in hearing about your work.
For More Information
To keep up to date with news from the Foundation and our grantees, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter and follow our official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
MacArthur Communications Staff can assist grantees with communications needs or questions that may arise in conjunction with your grant and the public release of materials and products that may result from it, such as press releases, research reports, and publications.
In some instances, MacArthur can provide strategic input on your outreach plans, and augment your efforts by sharing your grant-supported news and announcements on our website and through our social media channels.
We appreciate it when you share with us press releases, reports, or other materials that mention MacArthur prior to publication.
Contact us for more information, or email individual Communications staff below.
Manager, Digital Communications and Content Strategy