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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Vikram Patel of Sangath

Sangath, Goas largest and most successful health-related NGO, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.

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Toby Herr of Project Match

Project Match, which helps low-income people overcome obstacles and build pathways to long-term employment in Chicago, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.

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Jake Shapiro of Public Radio Exchange

Public Radio Exchange, which provides independently-produced audio programming to public radio stations for broadcast and online use, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.

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Igor Sholokhov of Kazan Human Rights Center

Kazan Human Rights Center, which works in Russia to strengthen the rule of law, combat human rights violations, raise rights awareness, and strengthen civil society, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative ...

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Fenosoa Andriamahenina of the Tany Meva Foundation

The Tany Meva Foundation, Madagascar's first environmental foundation, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008. Watch

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Chino Edmund Obiagwu of Legal Defence and Assistance Project

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project, which advocates for prisoners' rights in Nigeria, was one of eight recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions in 2008.

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Abel Barrera Hernández of Tlachinollan, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña

Tlachinollan, Centro de Derechos
Humanos de la Montaña, was a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2007. The award recognizes a group of small non-profits each year with up to $500 ...

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Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton at the Awards Ceremony for Recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton recognizes the eight diverse organizations awarded the 2008 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Read More
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Pankaj Shah, SEWA Rural

Pankaj Shah, SEWA Rural, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute

Malcolm Bush, Woodstock Institute, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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