Financials

Financial Overview

Over our 42-year history, MacArthur has awarded more than $7.57 billion to nearly 10,000 effective organizations and creative individuals in 117 countries and all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 2020, the Foundation paid out $271.7* million in grants and impact investments to organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world. Actual cash paid out varies from year to year and will differ from the amounts budgeted because of the timing of the payment of grants, including large grants and those involving multi-year funding. Our charitable administrative expenses totaled $47.6 million in 2020, about 13 percent of total charitable expenses.

*Excludes mission-related investments

Our Investments Over Time

Total Cumulative Awards

2020 $271,700,000
2019 $288,200,000
2018 $328,500,000
2017 $255,700,000
2016 $271,300,000
2015 $257,300,000
2014 $231,400,000
2013 $228,400,000
2012 $215,200,000
2011 $239,900,000
2010 $243,776,000
2009 $298,527,000
2008 $253,227,000
2007 $267,232,000
2006 $234,949,000
2005 $194,622,000
2004 $216,574,000
2003 $203,253,000
2002 $209,916,000
2001 $177,945,000
2000 $170,523,000
1999 $172,582,000
1998 $130,519,000
1997 $166,476,000
1996 $148,616,000
1995 $136,744,000
1994 $123,879,000
1993 $135,030,000
1992 $137,233,000
1991 $130,491,000
1990 $121,726,000
1989 $118,862,000
1988 $116,452,920
1987 $109,349,000
1986 $101,936,000
1985 $54,048,000
1984 $65,150,000
1983 $26,376,000
1982 $22,283,000
1981 $31,818,000
1980 $41,703,000
1979 $2,264,000
1978 $50,000

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Program Budgets

Program budgets are approved by the Foundation's Board of Directors. Working pursuant to these budgets, the Foundation approves grants and impact investments and makes expenditures during the year. We share these budgets so you can better understand the Foundation's priorities.

*In addition to grants, $29.2 million was authorized for impact investments.

Big Bets

Striving toward transformative change in areas of profound concern, Big Bets are an all-in, timely commitment of talent, resources, time, and reputation toward real change that matters for many people. A total of $141.2 million was invested in 2020.

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Enduring Commitments

Areas of work in which we have long-standing, deep engagement. A total of $53.3 million was invested in 2020.

Awards

The 100&Change Initial Award and 100&Change Supplemental Award totaled $38.1 million in 2020. A total of $57.8 million was invested across all awards in 2020.

Field Support

Our field support grants are awarded to a limited number of anchor organizations and special projects in a field that is essential to our effectiveness. A total of $14 million was invested in 2020.

*In addition to grants, $29.2 million was authorized for impact investments.

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Changing Work

Fields of work in which the Foundation is responsibly winding down its grantmaking. A total of $11.9 million was invested in 2020.

Audited Financial Report

Download the Foundation’s most recent audited financial report (PDF).

Tax Return (990-PF)

The 990-PF is the tax return that private foundations must file each year with the Internal Revenue Service. It provides financial information about the Foundation's assets, investments, expenses, and grants awarded for the year. If you have questions or would like more information about how to interpret this document please contact our Tax Manager, Lucy Lovejoy, at (312) 917-3669.

Download most recent 990-PF, (Year ended December 31, 2019)

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