Geographic Focus: Chicago, IL
The core of the Foundation’s arts and culture grantmaking is multiyear, general operating support to over 200 arts and culture organizations in the Chicago region. Of those organizations, Foundation staff make grants directly to the largest 50 organizations. Direct grant sizes range from $52,500 to $100,000 per year (based on annual budget size) over five years. The remaining grants are made by two grantmaking partners, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Prince Charitable Trusts, which regrant MacArthur funds and provide technical assistance to small and mid-sized institutions.
From July to October 2011, grantees and other experts in the arts and culture sector contributed their views and experiences to an evaluation of the general operating support program funded by the Foundation. The evaluation was undertaken to inform the Foundation’s discussions about renewing support for the program after ten years of ongoing investment. While MacArthur leadership had no particular concerns about the program, the evaluation provided new data on this funding strategy’s importance to grantees and on its contributions to the sector. The evaluation activities were organized to address the following questions:
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