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

What's New


Foreclosure Filings Continue to Grow in Chicago Region

This report from MacArthur grantee the Woodstock Institute shows that foreclosure filings in the Chicago region continue to grow. Read More

Stabilizing Neighborhoods Hit by Foreclosure Crisis

Mayor Richard M. Daley outlined the city’s plans for using more than $55 million from federal and private sources to revitalize Chicago neighborhoods hardest hit by the national mortgage foreclosure crisis. Read More

Remarks by MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton at the City of Chicago’s Foreclosure Press Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes new Foundation initiatives intended to help stabilize Chicago neighborhoods hard hit by vacancy and foreclosure. Read More
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Edward Glaeser on the Future of American Cities

In a roundtable interview with MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton, Harvard University's Edward Glaeser discusses the future of American cities.


Community Development Banks Gain Access to New Federal Funds

The Treasury Department announced that banks that are certified as community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can utilize funds from the government’s $700-billion financial rescue package. Read More

"A Tough Time to Draw New Donors"

From the Chicago Tribune
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Helping Chicago Organizations Increase Their International Connections

MacArthur awarded $260,000 in new grants to help diverse Chicago organizations increase their international connections with eight countries. Read More

MacArthur Commits $68 Million to Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation in Chicago

To help combat the growing lending crisis and the rise of foreclosures in Chicago, MacArthur is investing $68 million in grants and low-interest loans in foreclosure prevention and mitigation efforts in local neighborhoods. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Foreclosure Prevention & Mitigation Project

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton details the Foundation's commitment of at least $68 million dollars to keep homeowners in homes, assist renters displaced by foreclosure, and help the City of Chicago return foreclosed homes to the ... Read More
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MacArthur's Commitment to Chicago

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's commitment to the city of Chicago, visit