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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Illinois Extends Tax Credit for Affordable Housing

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill to extend through 2016 the Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit, a valuable tool in financing the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing. Chicago Rehab Network, a ... Read More

Illinois Mandates Use of New Affordability Index When Making Public Investments

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that requires five state agencies to use the Housing and Transportation Index when planning and making public investment decisions around the state. Read More

Bank of America Eliminates Costly Overdraft Fees

Research and advocacy by MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending played a leading role in spurring the bank's policy shift, expected to save customers hundreds of millions of dollars. Read More

Report Helps Prompt Banks to Modify Overdraft Fees

The Center for Responsible Lending, a MacArthur grantee, released a report on the overdraft fees collected by banks and credit unions, which helped prompt fee modification by some of the nation's biggest banks. Read More

A New Gender Agenda