Financials

Financial Overview

In 2015, the Foundation paid out $257.3 million in grants and program-related investments to organizations and individuals in the United States and around the world.

Actual cash paid out varies from year to year depending on payment schedules of larger grants. Since 1978, the Foundation has awarded more than 23,506 grants totalling over $6.0 billion to more than 8,565 creative people and effective institutions committed to addressing some of the most challenging social problems in the United States and around the world. MacArthur's charitable administrative expenses totaled $43.1 million in 2015, about 14.9 percent of total charitable expenses.

  0 $50M $100M $150M $200M $250M $300M  
2015
 
$257,300,000
2014
 
$231,400,000
2013
 
$228,400,000
2012
 
$215,200,000
2011
 
$239,900,000
2010
 
$243,776,078
2009
 
$298,527,310
2008
 
$253,226,684
2007
 
$267,232,035
2006
 
$234,949,456
2005
 
$194,621,855
2004
 
$216,573,776
2003
 
$203,253,166
2002
 
$209,916,023
2001
 
$177,945,326
2000
 
$170,522,738
1999
 
$172,582,350
1998
 
$130,519,437
1997
 
$166,475,932
1996
 
$148,616,138
1995
 
$136,743,670
1994
 
$123,879,275
1993
 
$135,030,244
1992
 
$137,232,804
1991
 
$130,491,197
1990
 
$121,725,981
1989
 
$118,861,649
1988
 
$116,452,920
1987
 
$109,348,952
1986
 
$101,935,582
1985
 
$54,048,491
1984
 
$65,150,298
1983
 
$26,375,988
1982
 
$22,283,124
1981
 
$31,818,060
1980
 
$41,703,213
1979
 
$2,263,938
1978
 
$50,000

 

2015 Program Budgets

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

Budget by Program*

 

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. 

 

Enduring Commitments

Areas of work in which we have long-standing, deep, and unwavering engagement. 

Learn more about our Chicago Commitment ›

 

Awards & Special Projects

 

Changing Work

*In addition to grants, $2.8 million were authorized for impact investments.