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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Exploring Campaign Contributions in State Supreme Court Races

Research by the National Institute on Money in State Politics explores the role of campaign contributions in the 31 state supreme court races of 2016. Read More
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Index Shows Most Legislative Races Are Not Competitive

An interactive index allows journalists, policymakers, and citizens to analyze the competitiveness of races from a variety of perspectives, such as voter demographics and campaign fundraising. Read More
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Fighting Foreclosures and Building Community

In a Chicago neighborhood that once had among the city’s highest foreclosure and vacancy rates, the Southwest Organizing Project and its partners have implemented a holistic suite of programs that address the housing crisis directly ... Read More