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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.

Beyond the $10 Million Milestone in Supporting Chicago Neighborhoods

The Partnership for New Communities announced that it has surpassed the $10 million milestone in grants benefiting Chicago neighborhoods.
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Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute

Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

Ohio Sets Cap on Payday Loan Interest Rates

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed legislation that will cap interest rates on payday loans to 28 percent, compared with current rates that approach 400 percent. MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending provided technical assistance, research ...

New Milwaukee Initiative Modeled on New Communities Program

Philanthropist Joseph Zilber announced a new 10-year, $50 million initiative in Milwaukee that is explicitly modeled on the New Communities Program (NCP) in Chicago, which is supported by the Foundation through LISC. The new initiative will ...

President Signs Second Chance Act

President Bush signed into law the Second Chance Act, which includes several recommendations regarding prisoner reentry suggested by MacArthur grantee the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Bolstering Success of Chicago Middle-School Students

A program to increase the success of middle-school students in Chicago and bolster their chances of graduating high school was announced at an event at the Orozco Community Academy.

“Getting it Done: New Tools for Communities,” Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the LISC National Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses how to tap the significant economic and human potential of urban neighborhoods.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Announcement of the Integrated Services in Schools Program

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to help foster positive change in Chicago's poor but promising neighborhoods.

Increased Support for Chicago Arts and Culture: International Connections Fund

MacArthur is increasing the number of Chicago area arts and culture organizations it supports from 180 to 200 and creating a new $1 million fund to enable its Chicago grantees to increase their international connections.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, 30th Anniversary Grantee Reception, Museum of Contemporary Art

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announces the creation of a $1 million fund to encourage international exchanges between Foundation grantees and other countries.

Fund to Help Neighborhoods Benefit from 2016 Olympics

MacArthur, The Chicago Community Trust, the McCormick Tribune Foundation, and the Polk Bros. Foundation announced that they are establishing a fund to ensure the 2016 Chicago olympics would provide lasting benefits to neighborhoods and residents.

Wachovia Next Award Boosts Two Community Development Financial Institutions

Latino Community Credit Union, Durham, N.C., and ACCION Texas, San Antonio, TX are sharing an $8.25 million prize from the Opportunity Finance Network.

Report on Prisoner Reentry Influences Crime Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a crime bill that includes several recommendations from a policy report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a MacArthur grantee. The bill, known as the Second ...

New Directions in Community Change

Contents President's Message: New Directions in Community Change Vice President’s Message: Applying Market Dynamics to Community Change New Communities Program: Improving Chicago’s neighborhoods The NCP Approach At-a-Glance Supporting Neighborhood Organizations: Grants to Community ...