Our Work

Big Bets

Striving toward transformative change in areas of profound concern

Enduring Commitments

Areas of work in which we have a long-standing, deep, and unwavering engagement.

Chicago Commitment

Our commitment to Chicago is deep and enduring, with support to creative and effective organizations working to improve the quality of life and the prospects for resident, and make our hometown a city where opportunity is equitable, and justice can thrive.

Journalism & Media

Working to strengthen American democracy by informing, engaging, and activating Americans through deep investments in independent journalism and media



A competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Continuing MacArthur's tradition of encouraging creativity and building effective institutions to help address some of the world's most challenging problems, these annual awards recognize exceptional Foundation grantees and help ensure their sustainability.

MacArthur Fellows

Celebrating and inspiring the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships

Field Support

Impact Investments

Building the field of impact investing and providing catalytic capital to address social and environmental challenges around the world.


Supporting a variety of organizations that are devoted to improving the practice of philanthropy, strengthening the sector, and advocating and defending the sector at the local, state, and national levels

Technology in the Public Interest

Strengthening research and advocacy addressing the social impacts of technology

Changing Work

Areas of work that are ending

Conservation & Sustainable Development

Preserving ecosystems and species and to promoting development that respects the environment


Supporting more balanced, forward-looking housing policies that acknowledge the importance of affordable rental housing and the role that various attributes of housing may play in promoting strong, resilient families and vibrant communities

Human Rights

Strengthening human rights protections, advancing government accountability, and improving the reach and quality of justice

Population & Reproductive Health

Working to reduce maternal mortality and improve the quality of maternal and reproductive health care in India, Mexico, and Nigeria

Research Networks

Examining problems and addressing empirical questions that will increase the understanding of fundamental social issues and are likely to yield significant improvements in policy and practice 
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Our International Offices

Learn more about the work conducted from our international offices in India and Nigeria.

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