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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New Nations Participating in Cyberespionage

Smaller, poorer nations are now using spy software, suggesting that recent data leaks and lawsuits have not deterred governments from investing in cyberespionage products, according to a report from Citizen Lab. Read More
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Report Emphasizes Use of Storytelling to Talk About Climate Change

The report argues that building public understanding about the human impact on climate change and educating the public about its responsibilities is the most important science translation effort of the century. Read More