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

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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

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Helping Communities in Chicago and the Nation

To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation's efforts to improve urban neighborhoods in Chicago and throughout the country, visit MacArthur's grantmaking in Community & Economic Development.

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Toby Herr of Project Match

Project Match, which helps low-income people overcome obstacles and build pathways to long-term employment in Chicago, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.


Project Seeks to Cut Recidivism Among Former Prisoners

With two-thirds of former prisoners in Illinois convicted of another crime within three years of their release from prison, the state's comprehensive program seeks to cut this number dramatically. Read More


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Valerie Chang

Managing Director, Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
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Maurice Classen

Program Officer
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Alaina Harkness

Program Officer
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Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
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Beth Gutelius

Research Associate
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Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary

Media Contact

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Meredith Klein

Communications Officer