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The MacArthur Foundation in Russia: Report on Activities

Message From The President The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private foundation, headquartered in Chicago, which provides approximately $260 million in grants annually to universities, charitable and non-governmental organizations, and talented individuals ...

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: International Justice

In a letter to the New York Times editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton says the United Nations Security Council should take the lead in enforcing arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court.

Grantees Help Deliver Justice in Chechnya

On July 26, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on three cases brought against Russia by five Chechens, represented by MacArthur grantees the London-based European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and the Russian NGO, Memorial ...

Trial of Charles Taylor

The trial of Charles Taylor, the former dictator of Liberia, began recently under the auspices of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was indicted in 2003, but received safe haven in Nigeria until ...

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Nigeria on a Path to Genuine Democracy

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton acknowledges the flaws in recent Nigerian elections but argues that the country's president, Olusegun Obasango, has put it on the path to stability.

The MacArthur Foundation in Mexico: Report on Activities

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation first began making grants in Mexico in 1986 and opened an office in Mexico in 1991.  Today, MacArthur provides approximately $6 million in grants each year to address ...

Interview with Jonathan Fanton: Without Human Rights, You Can't Have Stable Democracy

MacArthur's President talks about MacArthur's grantmaking in Nigeria targeted towards human rights, reproductive health, and maternal mortality.

Interview with Jonathan Fanton on Democracy, Digital Learning, and Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century

Recently, Philanthropy News Digest spoke with MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton.
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Innocent Chukwuma, CLEEN Foundation on MacArthur Award

The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recognizes a group of small non-profits each year with up to $500,000. The Award expands on the Foundation's tradition of encouraging individual creativity and building effective ...

"International Migration Trends," Presentation by John Slocum at Chicago Matters event

MacArthur Director of Global Migration and Human Mobility John Slocum discusses international immigration trends and describes the Foundation's own emerging grantmaking activities in the field of international migration.
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Protecting Freedom of Expression and Enhancing Criminal Justice

Building on its 30-year history in the field, MacArthur's human rights and international justice grantmaking strategy focuses on defending freedom of expression and enhancing criminal justice globally, with a special emphasis in Mexico and Nigeria.
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