Grantee Profile

Invisible Institute

Grants to Invisible Institute

  • $500,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Chicago Commitment

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Invisible Institute supports efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department through documentation, disclosure, transparency, and investigative reporting. The Institute obtains police records through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, and releases police abuse allegations in easily searchable online formats. It provides individual citizens with data and tools to obtain official records, and documents the experiences of young Chicagoans’ interaction with officers, facilitating the public’s ability to advocate for reform. Through investigative reporting, it scrutinizes police actions and presses for greater accountability to the public. General operating support enables the Invisible Institute to pursue these efforts and build its internal capacity in an era of greater public demand for information.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Invisible Institute $500,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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