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

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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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Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos is protecting the rights of vulnerable people amidst justice reform in Mexico. Watch
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Firelight Media, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Firelight Media is supporting diverse documentary filmmakers to tell untold stories. Watch
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Forest Trends, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Forest Trends is bringing the value of forests into the modern economy. Watch
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FrameWorks Institute, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, FrameWorks Institute, is improving how we understand and talk about complex social issues. Watch
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Human Rights Center, University of California, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law is applying cutting-edge science and research to protect human rights globally. Watch
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ICivics, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, iCivics is reinvigorating civics education for a new generation of Americans. Watch
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John Howard Association of Illinois, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, John Howard Association of Illinois is conducting independent oversight to ensure humane and fair treatment of the incarcerated in Illinois. Watch
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Nine Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

From tracking money in U.S. elections to protecting the vulnerable in Mexico to reinvigorating civics education, these extraordinary organizations are tackling some of the most difficult social challenges and achieving outsized impact. Read More
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Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Roosevelt Campus Network is galvanizing a new generation to participate in making public policy. Watch
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National Institute on Money in State Politics, 2015 MacArthur Award Recipient

A recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, National Institute on Money in State Politics is tracking campaign financing in all 50 states. Watch