Grantee Profile

Civic Federation

Grants to Civic Federation

  • $925,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 3 years)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — This grant supports the Civic Federation, a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization that works to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of government services in Illinois. It analyzes broad categories of the Illinois budget, including spending initiatives, revenue options, pension funding, and debt issuance, with a focus on efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness. It also examines local government budgets in Illinois, including Cook County and the City of Chicago. The particular focus of this grant is the Civic Federation’s Institute for Illinois’ Fiscal Sustainability, which provides policymakers, the media, and the public with timely policy analysis and recommendations on state and local government fiscal issues.

  • $825,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over three years).

  • $230,000

    2000 (Inactive Grant)

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

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support a management study of Chicago Park District programs.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Civic Federation $2,730,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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Achieving Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability in Illinois

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Recommendations for Public Pension Plan Reforms

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