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

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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"A StoryCorps App Lets Anyone Capture Someone's Story (+Video)"

The Christian Science Monitor
David A. Isay , 2000 MacArthur Fellow
Related Grantee: StoryCorps
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"Dave Isay on StoryCorps' DIY Oral History Project"

Los Angeles Times
David A. Isay , 2000 MacArthur Fellow
Related Grantee: StoryCorps
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"3 Tips for Telling Stories That Move People to Action"

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Related Grantee: FrameWorks Institute
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"Watchdog Group Polices US Prisons"

Voice of America
Related Grantee: John Howard Association
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Portrait of Cecilia A. Conrad

Cecilia A. Conrad

Managing Director
Portrait of Cate A. Fox

Cate A. Fox

Senior Program Officer

Mariela Evans

Executive Secretary

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Media Contact

Portrait of Sean Harder

Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

Portrait of Joanna Cohen

Joanna Cohen

Program Officer, Evaluation