Community & Economic Development

The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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$11.6 Million in New Chicago Investments

The investments will help spur economic development in low-income neighborhoods, create opportunities for youth and prevent violence, promote police reform and accountability, and support arts and culture. Read More
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Pathways to Urban Sustainability

A report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities become more sustainable, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being. Read More
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Fighting Foreclosures and Building Community

In a Chicago neighborhood that once had among the city’s highest foreclosure and vacancy rates, the Southwest Organizing Project and its partners have implemented a holistic suite of programs that address the housing crisis directly ... Read More

"Talking Chicago Teens Out of Gang Life"

Crain's Chicago Business
Related Grantee: Youth Guidance
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Rapid Response Grants for Reducing Violence and Promoting Peace

The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities is a $300,000 fund created in direct response to the many people and organizations who are proactively working to keep Chicago neighborhoods safe. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
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Craig Howard

Director, Community & Economic Development
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Mindy Martinez


Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Senior Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Maurice Samuels

Program Officer