MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Continuing MacArthur's tradition of encouraging creativity and building effective institutions to help address some of the world's most challenging problems, these annual awards recognize exceptional Foundation grantees and help ensure their sustainability. Learn more

As we focus our work for greater impact centered on a small number of Big Bets and Enduring Commitments, additional MacArthur Awards for Creative and Effective Institutions will not be made at this time. We look forward to reinstating the program in the future. In the interim, we are applying what we have learned through 11 years of the Awards to institutional support grants provided as part our Chicago Commitment and other current areas of grantmaking.

14 Chicago Arts Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

The Award, which recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the Foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with $200,000 to $1 million. Read More

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Helping Grantmakers Understand Digital Security Threats

The Digital Security and Grantcraft Guide helps grantmakers better understand and navigate the rapidly evolving digital security landscape, in which targeted digital threats are becoming increasingly frequent. Read More
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Identifying Cyberespionage and Disinformation in Russia

Hackers are increasing efforts to steal and manipulate emails from critics of the Russian government, according to a report from Citizen Lab, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Read More
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Telling the Stories of Mass Incarceration

The Justice Project, produced by StoryCorps as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, is a storytelling initiative to collect, preserve, and amplify the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mass incarceration and ... Read More
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College Students Offer Policy Ideas

The Roosevelt Institute, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, has released 10 Ideas, a journal that elevates top student-generated policy proposals from across the country. Read More
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Combating Privatization Through Youth-Led Projects

The Roosevelt Institute’s Re:Public Project will invest in youth-driven campaigns and initiatives to push back against privatization in the educational system, economy, and justice system. Read More
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Cyber-espionage Targets Public Health Advocates in Mexico

A report by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, describes a cyber-espionage operation targeting public health advocates in Mexico. Read More