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Julia M. Stasch

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$100 Million Impact Investment Collaboration to Benefit Chicago

The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur and Calvert Foundation announce Benefit Chicago, an innovative collaboration that aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises in Chicago. Read More
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Julia Stasch and Rebecca Rimel: Putting Results First in State, Local Government

This commentary by MacArthur President Julia Stasch and Rebecca Rimel was originally published in The Mercury News on April 22, 2016. Read More
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Over Incarceration Undermines Society: Commentary by Julia Stasch

This commentary by MacArthur President Julia Stasch addressing over incarceration in the U.S. was originally published in USA Today April 14, 2016. Read More
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20 Diverse Communities Receive MacArthur Support to Reduce Jail Populations, Improve Local Systems, and Model Reforms for the Nation

The grants are part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative supported by the Foundation with an initial $75 million to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Read More
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14 Chicago Arts Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

The Award, which recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the Foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with $200,000 to $1 million. Read More

Closing Remarks by Julia Stasch at the Models for Change Conference

Remarks below as prepared for delivery at the Models for Change Tenth Annual Working Conference on December 15, 2015. Thank you for the opportunity to bring this conference – indeed, an era – to a close. Yesterday I ... Read More
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"Philanthropy Must Move Fast to Support Efforts to Curb Climate Change"

MacArthur President Julia Stasch and Chairman of the Robertson Foundation Julian Robertson in this commentary discuss the need for urgent action in addressing climate change. Read More

MacArthur President Julia Stasch on the Foundation’s Approach to Achieving Impact with Investment Assets

Recognizing the rising interest in the topic of foundation investment practices, and in line with our commitment to transparency, we believe it is important to share a description of our investment approach. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur President Julia Stasch at International Connections Fund Celebration

Stasch's speech details plans for MacArthur and the arts in Chicago and acknowledges Elspeth Revere's legacy of work at the Foundation. Read More

Welcome Remarks by MacArthur President Julia Stasch at Safety and Justice Challenge Network

Stasch provides an overview of the Foundation's commitment to criminal justice reform for the participating members of the Safety and Justice Challenge Network. Read More

Statement of MacArthur President Julia Stasch on the Foundation’s Russia Office

"It is with regret, but with confidence that it is the right decision, that we share the news that the MacArthur Foundation will close its branch office in Moscow." Read More

Statement of MacArthur President Julia Stasch on Developments in Russia

“We are disappointed to learn of reports that the MacArthur Foundation is included on a list of organizations that will be recommended by the Federation Council to the Prosecutor General for potential designation as engaged in ... Read More
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Over-Incarceration in America: National and Local Perspectives

MacArthur and several other Chicago foundations co-hosted a discussion about over-incarceration in America featuring local and national perspectives. Read More
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Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream, 2015 Housing Matters Survey Finds

A significant majority of Americans believes the country is still not past the housing crisis that began seven years ago, according to a new survey of housing attitudes released today by MacArthur. Read More

"Commentary: Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton: Stop Courting Catastrophe"

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MacArthur President Julia Stasch and other philanthropic leaders tell Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton to put partisan politics aside to save Illinois.
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Ensuring Trust for Public Institutions: A Case for Criminal Justice Reform

At the Safety and Justice Symposium, MacArthur President Julia Stasch provided introductory remarks regarding the importance of trust in the criminal justice system as a fundamental necessity for the legitimacy of all other social institutions. Read More
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MacArthur Announces 20 Jurisdictions to Receive Funding to Reduce Jail Use

The grants are a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Read More
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Video: Leveraging the Disruptive Power of the Internet

MacArthur President Julia Stasch joined a panel discussion that explored issues of equity, access, safety and security when it comes to the Internet and information and communication technology more broadly. Read More
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Julia Stasch Chosen to Lead MacArthur, Accelerate Change and Deepen Impact

Her leadership has already led to a greater sense of urgency, more focus, and enhanced impact in the Foundation’s grantmaking and its creative efforts to help address some of the world’s most challenging social ... Read More
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US Jails Warehouse Sick, Poor: Op-Ed by President Julia Stasch

Jail is not supposed to be where you put the mentally ill or those too poor to pay bail. Nor is it supposed to be where African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asians go for crimes ... Read More
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Keep Out of Jail Those Who Don't Need to be Locked Up: Op-Ed by President Julia Stasch

Jail is where over-incarceration begins. Millions of people in jail today simply don’t need to be there, and the devastating costs and consequences fall disproportionately on low-income people and communities of color. Read More
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MacArthur Launches $75M Initiative to Reduce America's Use of Jails

The Safety and Justice Challenge will support cities and counties across the country seeking to create fairer, more effective local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and lead to better social outcomes. Read More
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How Housing Matters Keynote Conversation with Julia Stasch and Secretary Julian Castro

The daylong event showcased ways to integrate programs and services to achieve improved outcomes in education, children’s health, and older adults’ ability to age in place. Read More
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12 Chicago Arts Groups Receive MacArthur Grants for International Collaborations

Grants to 12 Chicago arts and culture organizations support artistic exchanges in 11 countries, including Brazil, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Read More

Results That Bring Change

MacArthur’s Interim President Julia Stasch and Policy Research Director Valerie Chang discuss the partnership between Pew and MacArthur through the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. Read More
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Experts Discuss Violence in Chicago

MacArthur’s Julia Stasch moderates a panel of experts discussing violence in Chicago Read More
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Housing Challenges Real For Many Americans, Finds 2014 How Housing Matters Survey

This second-annual national survey found that while there are some indicators that the American public’s views about the housing crisis are shifting toward the positive, large proportions of the public are not feeling the relief. Read More
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MacArthur Awards $2.8 Million to Support Research on How Housing Matters

Recipients will utilize and connect existing data sets – such as Medicaid, utility, and school data – to reveal insights into the effectiveness of housing policies and related public programs. Read More
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Housing Policy Matters

A commentary by Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch, originally published in The Hill. Read More
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Rental Housing in the New Economy

The Preservation Compact recently gathered experts for its first annual conference "Rental Housing in the New Economy" to discuss and plan for how to best protect affordable rental housing stock. Read More
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How Housing Matters Survey Finds American Attitudes Transformed by Housing Crisis, Changes in Lifestyle

National Opinion Survey finds strong support for Rental housing and more balanced national housing policy, even as Americans believe the housing crisis continues. Read More
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MacArthur's Julia Stasch, Colleagues On Why You Should Visit a Library

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch and her counterparts at the Gates and Knight Foundations emphasize the continued importance of public libraries in contemporary culture. Read More
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2011 How Housing Matters Conference Videos

Excerpts from a day-long conference hosted by The National Building Museum, in partnership with MacArthur and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More
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Remarks by Julia Stasch at Launch of Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission

MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch discusses the importance of adapting housing policy to an ever-changing socioeconomic reality. Read More

Bipartisan Commission to Address Future of U.S. Housing Policy

A new Bipartisan Housing Commission, supported by MacArthur through a grant to the Bipartisan Policy Center, will address the long-term challenges facing a struggling housing sector. Read More
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Digital Media & Learning Competition Provides $2 Million for Innovations in Digital Badges

Digital badges can be used to help people learn; demonstrate their skills and knowledge; unlock job, education and civic opportunities, and open new pipelines to talent. Read More

A Comprehensive Approach to Transforming Communities

The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development will offer training, build capacity, and document what is working or not in community development efforts across the country. Read More

Remarks by Julia Stasch, Inauguration of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

MacArthur's Vice President of U.S. Programs discusses how the Institute can become a leader in the field of community development. Read More

New MacArthur Research Network to Examine Impact of Aging Society

MacArthur is creating a new inter-disciplinary research network to help America prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by our aging society. Read More

MacArthur's Julia Stasch Highlights the Importance of Affordable Housing

In a commentary in Illinois Issues, Stasch emphasizes the importance of preserving affordable rental housing in U.S. cities in the midst of a mortgage crisis. Read More

Remarks by Julia Stasch at the Digital Media and Learning Regional Forum: “From Hip-Hop to MySpace”

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch discusses the Foundation's digital media and learning grantmaking and explains its interest in the subject. Read More

Bolstering Success of Chicago Middle-School Students

A program to increase the success of middle-school students in Chicago and bolster their chances of graduating high school was announced at an event at the Orozco Community Academy. Read More

Remarks by Julia Stasch at the Digital Media and Learning Forum

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch discusses the Foundation's interest in learning how youth learn and interact in virtual worlds like Second Life. Read More

Commentary by Julia Stasch: Sound Labor Base Depends in Part on Affordable Rentals

MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch discusses how condominium conversions, deferred maintenance, rising operating costs and expiration of long-term federal subsidies all contribute to housing losses. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur Vice President Julia Stasch about the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Closing the Digital Divide

MacArthur Vice President of U.S. Programs Julia Stasch discusses a new report by the Task Force outlining ways to harness and accelerate ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide in Chicago. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Preservation Compact

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the Foundation's commitment to reverse the loss of affordable rental housing in Chicago. Read More

"Home is Where We Start: Why We Need to Know More about Housing and How it Matters for Children, Families, and Communities," Remarks by Jonathan Fanton

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the Foundation's $25 million commitment to support research on how housing matters to the education, health, and well-being of residents. Read More

Juvenile Justice: New Models for Reform

President's Message: A new century for juvenile justice The United States’ juvenile justice system was founded a century ago with the enlightened goal of providing individualized treatment and services to children in trouble. But in ... Read More

Enewsletter: Housing Matters

For children and families, housing matters. But how? How important is housing to healthy human and community development? Ask Maricela Contreras. She remembers how it was for her growing up in Chicago, moving from apartment to ... Read More