Continuing its tradition of encouraging creativity and building effective institutions to help address some of the world’s most challenging problems, MacArthur announced that eight organizations in six countries will receive the second annual MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
These nonprofit organizations have diverse missions – from environmental conservation in the Himalayas to reducing maternal mortality in India to producing award-winning documentaries in the United States. Still, they have much in common. All are highly creative and effective organizations that have demonstrated significant impact in their fields, and each manages to effect significant change on a modest budget. Each organization will receive up to $500,000, a large sum given that their annual budgets are all under $1.6 million. The organizations will use their new funding for a range of purposes, including training facilities, technology upgrades, and reserve funds.
“In creating this award, we wanted to make a strong statement that the institutions of civil society matter,” said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. “These eight extraordinary organizations empower ordinary citizens to shape their own destinies, and they accelerate our collective journey toward the highest aspirations of human dignity, security, and opportunity. While they have already made a huge difference in the world, we believe that they are poised to have an even greater impact.”
The 2007 recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions are:
The MacArthur Foundation is known for the MacArthur Fellows Program, which celebrates individual creativity. Each year, 25 people in diverse fields receive a phone call out of the blue granting them a $500,000 no-strings-attached grant. MacArthur also has a long history of building institutions – from Human Rights Watch, now the largest U.S.-based human rights organization, to the World Resources Institute, the environmental think tank, to Creative Commons, which has changed the way we use and think about copyright.
In making these awards, the Foundation does not seek or accept nominations. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; have budgets of less than $2.5 million per year; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur’s core programs. Approximately 1,000 organizations worldwide are eligible for the Award.
Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Chicago on June 7. In conjunction with this ceremony, the Foundation will host a series of seminars on the work of these organizations that will be open to other nonprofit institutions, providing an important opportunity for mutual learning.