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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Pralad Yonzon, Resources Himalaya Foundation

Pralad Yonzon, Resources Himalaya Foundation, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Adenike O. Esiet, Action Health Incorporated

Adenike O. Esiet, Action Health Incorporated, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Olga Sidorovich, Institute of Law & Public Policy

Olga Sidorovich, Institute of Law & Public Policy, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films

Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Gideon Anders, National Housing Law Project

Gideon Anders, National Housing Law Project, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Ernesto Lopez Portillo, Institute for Security & Democracy

Ernesto Lopez Portillo, Institute for Security & Democracy, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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Andrei Medshuevskiy, Institute of Law & Public Policy

Andrei Medshuevskiy, Institute of Law & Public Policy, 2007 recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.

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MacArthur Announces 2008 Winners of Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

Continuing its tradition of encouraging creativity and building effective institutions to help address some of the world’s most challenging problems, MacArthur announced today that eight organizations in six countries will receive the MacArthur Award for ... Read More

2008 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

Spanning the globe, eight organizations representing a diverse array of initiatives, receive between $350,000 and $500,000 for their effectiveness and creativity. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the Awards Ceremony for the 2007 Recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton honors the eight diverse organizations recognized as 2007 winners of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Read More