The MacArthur Foundation in Russia: Report on Activities
November 9, 2007 | Grantee Publications | Higher Education in Russia & Africa, International Peace & Security, Human Rights

Message From The President

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private foundation, headquartered in Chicago, which provides approximately $260 million in grants annually to universities, charitable and non-governmental organizations, and talented individuals in the United States and 60 countries around the world. Our mission is to help build a more just and sustainable world.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the MacArthur Foundation’s Moscow office. We work together with educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the government of the Russian Federation to –

  • strengthen the Russian scholarly community;
  • advance legal reform and human rights; and
  • support projects that advance international peace and security.

MacArthur is committed to carrying out this work in a spirit of deep respect for our Russian colleagues and partners, and trust in the creative energies of the Russian people. Together, we strive to advance the universal values of science, education, justice, and the rule of law — the same values that underlie MacArthur’s work in the United States and around the world. We hope that MacArthur’s presence in Russia not only provides financial resources for worthy projects and institutions, but also helps demonstrate the possibilities for international cooperation and meaningful partnerships between private and public institutions.

The vibrancy of any society depends on healthy institutions and avenues for civic engagement. MacArthur is proud to play a role in the revival of Russian philanthropic traditions. As a founding member of the Russian Donors’ Forum, we applaud the rise of new Russian charitable foundations. We note with interest the emergence this past year of a new law on endowments that makes it possible for educational and cultural institutions to ensure their futures on a more sustainable basis.

MacArthur understands that our role in Russia carries with it a responsibility to provide a clear and accurate account of our activities here. To that end, I am pleased to present this second report, which describes the Foundation’s programs in Russia and lists the organizations that currently receive MacArthur financial support.

This year’s report features profiles of the Basic Research and Higher Education program and three other MacArthur grantees — the Independent Council on Legal Expertise, the Kazan Human Rights Center, and the New Economic School. The report also highlights examples of MacArthur-funded research that is contributing to the health sciences and to innovative technologies and practices in other fields.

This report is dedicated to the work of our grantees, and to Tatiana Zhdanova, for her 15 years of service as founding Director of our Moscow office.

Jonathan F. Fanton

November, 2007


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