Grantee Profile

Aspen Institute

Grants to Aspen Institute

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The mission of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is to support community collaboration, including collective impact, that enables communities to address effectively their most pressing challenges. The new I 00, 000 Opportunities Initiative, launched by the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions (AFCS) in collaboration with the Schultz Family Foundation and Starbucks, establishes the nation's largest employer-led, private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for youth who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. AFCS serves as the intermediary for this initiative and provides direct leadership, technical assistance, and program support for its launch and implementation. This grant will enable AFCS to manage a national network of employers and service providers to develop accelerated employment pathway prototypes and to share lessons learned from these efforts for large-scale impact, both locally and nationally.

  • $50,000

    2015 (Duration 1 year)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC that works to foster leadership based on enduring values, and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical social issues. The annual Aspen Ideas Festival, managed by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, is a public event that enables global leaders in many disciplines to present and discuss ideas and issues that shape individual and public life. This award will support the Ideas Festival, which is hosting two panel discussions with MacArthur staff and grantees, one concerning criminal justice and mass incarceration, the other concerning data and ethics.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization that seeks to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues of the day. In 2012, the Foundation funded the Institute to create a task force, the Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet, chaired by Jeb Bush and Rosario Dawson, established to explore, study, and identify a set of recommendations for advancing the use of the Internet for learning and innovation while also ensuring the privacy of individual data and the safety of children and youth. This grant supports the continued dissemination of the Task Force’s recommendations.

  • $250,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Franklin Project intends to create a system that supports one million civilian national service opportunities every year for 18-28 year olds with a mixture of public and private funds. Community service helps young adults get valuable job experience, learn to work across race, class and geographic lines, and prepare them more fully for education or careers. It can be particularly valuable for veterans in their transition from military to civilian life. Volunteers conduct work valuable to their communities, including early childhood education, maintaining public lands and waterways, building housing and parks, and assisting the elderly.

  • $25,000

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Inclusive America Project is part of the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. It addresses societal challenges related to religious conflicts by promoting religious pluralism, freedom of worship, and honoring the rights of others. Acting through a panel co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Harvard Kennedy School Professor David Gergen, the Project will seek to ensure greater respect in the public sphere for the identities of religious communities, foster more positive relationships between people of different faiths, and create partnerships among disparate organizations in service to the common good.

  • $240,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — This grant will allow the Aspen Institute’s Global Health and Development Program to serve as Secretariat to the Global Health Worker Advisory Council, an independent authority. The objective of the Council and Secretariat is to maintain momentum for the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel by promoting the Code and helping countries to implement it in their national laws, policies, and programs. The Council and Secretariat’s activities will include high-level advocacy, implementation of an annual Innovation Award, and participation in global fora such as the UN High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development and the Global Forum on Migration and Development.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Based in Washington, D.C., the Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization that seeks to provide a non-partisan venue for dealing with critical issues of the day. Its Communications and Society Program will use this grant to establish and manage a task force to explore policy issues that best support learning and innovation. The task force will bring together leading thinkers from around the country, with a broad range of expertise and views, to analyze and assess current Internet policy from the perspective of learning.

  • $75,000

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of the Business and Society Program's Finance Roundtable.

  • $20,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of the US-China Legal Experts Dialogue.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — To promote effective implementation of the World Health Organization's Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Aspen Institute $2,160,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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