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

Changing Work

Areas of work that are ending

Conservation & Sustainable Development

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

Digital Media & Learning

Making education more powerful for all students by creating more opportunities for more youth to engage in learning that is relevant to their lives and prepares them for success in school, the workplace, and their community


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

Juvenile Justice

MacArthur supports reform in 40 states and aims to help accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions.

Policy Research

Advancing the development of more effective domestic policies by working to increase the policy impact of all strategies in the Foundation’s U.S. Programs

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 IndiaMexico, and Nigeria.
You may also view our Spanish language site for work in Mexico.

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