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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"Their View: Stop Throwing Kids into Debtors' Prison"

Freeport Journal-Standard
Related Grantee: Juvenile Law Center
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"The Case for No-First-Use"

Cipher Brief
Related Grantee: Arms Control Association
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Software Used to Censor Internet in Bahrain

A report by Citizen Lab alleges that Canadian-made software is being used by a repressive Mideast state to keep its citizens from learning about news, religion, and politics. Read More