Grantee Profile

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Grants to Chicago Council on Global Affairs

  • $200,000

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Council), founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. The award supports the Council's project to explore the feasibility of a U.S. policy initiative to develop a system of international accounting and control for the nations with nuclear weapons capable materials, including those in military use. It also determines the possibility of institutionalizing the Nuclear Security Summit process, rather than ending it with the 2016 Washington Summit meeting, as is currently planned.

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Council on Global Affairs (the Council), founded in 1922, is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. The Council's immigration program demonstrates the critical role of immigrants as drivers of economic growth and competiveness throughout the Midwest region. An active Midwest Immigration Task Force of prominent civic, political, and business leaders produces issue briefs, evidence-based policy materials, and public events. The Council leverages the impact of these outputs, providing a neutral platform for informing the public, the media, and policymakers with data and research that is directly relevant to the Midwestern and national debates over immigration reform.

  • $325,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years)

    International Peace & Security

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Chicago Council Survey (over two years).

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The grant will support the design, production, and dissemination of the Chicago Council’s 2014 survey of American public opinion on a range of U.S. foreign policy issues.

  • $100,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The University of Chicago Crime Lab uses rigorous research to generate evidence about the effectiveness of strategies to respond to youth violence. Crime Lab will use this grant to evaluate the City of Chicago’s Public Safety Action Committee, a five-year, $50 million effort launched by Mayor Emanuel and local business leaders to reduce violence by raising funds for and supporting proven or promising programs that serve high-risk youths. Crime Lab will build a comprehensive evaluation program beginning with research on pilot efforts being funded this summer, and lay the groundwork for ongoing evaluations over the initiative’s five-year term.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will leverage the success of its Midwest Immigration Task Force, which articulates the value of immigrants as drivers of economic competitiveness in the region. While the national debates over immigration reform carry strong momentum, Task Force members will lead public events in the Midwest with business and civic leaders; produce evidence-based policy papers that link immigrants to regional economic growth; track the evolving public opinion on immigration; and coordinate joint activities with a growing number of Midwestern business entities calling for immigration reform.

  • $143,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)


    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant supports a high-level, bipartisan Task Force on Immigration and Economic Competitiveness in the Midwest, made up of business, civic, religious, labor and civil society leaders to forge consensus around and build support for effective immigration policy at the state and national levels. Through the Task Force, along with a broader “Group of 500” civic and business leaders, the Chicago Council seeks to broaden support across the twelve-state region for constructive immigration policy change. The Task Force will produce a final White Paper articulating the Midwest’s stake in immigration and a path forward for immigration policy.

  • $15,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The grant will support the 2012 G8 Forum on Food Security.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support activities related to the 2012 NATO and G8 Summits and the 2012 Public Opinion Study.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To conduct a study in 2010 of American public attitudes on world affairs and the United States' role in the world (over one year).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Chicago Council on Global Affairs $2,508,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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