Grantee Profile

Community Renewal Society, Chicago Reporter

Grants to Community Renewal Society, Chicago Reporter

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 9 months)

    Journalism & Media

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Community Renewal Society is the publisher of the Chicago Reporter (the Reporter), a non-profit investigative news organization founded in 1972 to report on social justice issues in Chicago and around the country. In 2013, Susan Smith Richardson, formerly the managing editor of the Texas Observer, became publisher and editor of the Reporter, which at that time had only two full-time reporters. In a short period of time, Richardson has re-established the Reporter as an authoritative voice for reporting on issues of race, poverty and income inequality and attracted national distribution and funding partners from The Marshall Project, Mother Jones and MSNBC to the Ford, Open Society and MacArthur foundations.  

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Journalism & Media

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Community Renewal Society is the publisher of the Chicago Reporter, a non-profit investigative news organization founded in 1972 to focus on social justice issues in Chicago and around the country. The Reporter publishes a print magazine three times per year, and has recently focused on increasing its digital presence and begun publishing articles online on a weekly basis. This online shift is part of a strategy to help the Reporter’s investigations become digital resources in the ongoing national conversation about race, and social inequity, much of which unfolds online.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of "The Chicago Reporter's" coverage of the Plan for Transformation of public housing and organizational improvement (over two years).

  • $150,000Active Strategy

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of in-depth reporting on the resettlement of public housing families in Chicago neighborhoods (over two years).

  • $225,000Active Strategy

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of in-depth coverage of public housing and related affordable housing issues (over three years).

  • $75,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations.

  • $125,000

    2001 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations and for a feasibility study to determine the market for subscription growth (over two years).

  • $175,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

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

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support publication and the development of a website on urban issues, and for technical assistance on marketing and fund development (over two years).

  • $100,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Community Development

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support an investigative project on economic opportunities and challenges in the Chicago region.

  • $41,600

    1992 (Inactive Grant)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To enhance the financial base during the anniversary years.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Community Renewal Society, Chicago Reporter $1,841,600 between 1978 and 2016.

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