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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Remarks by Jonthan Fanton at the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Awards Ceremony

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton celebrates the nine diverse organizations that comprise the first-ever class of MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions winners. Read More

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Awards Ceremony Booklet

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, Awards Ceremony Booklet, October 5, 2006 Read More

MacArthur Honors Winners of New Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

MacArthur honored the nine inaugural winners of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions at a ceremony in Chicago. Read More

Introductory Remarks by Jonathan Fanton at the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions Welcome Event

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton celebrates the nine diverse organizations awarded the first-ever MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Read More

MacArthur Announces First Winners Of New Creativity Award For Small Nonprofits

Expanding on its tradition of encouraging individual creativity and building effective institutions to help address some of the world’s most challenging problems, MacArthur announced the nine awards. Read More

MacArthur Recognizes Small, Creative And Effective Institutions

MacArthur is creating a new annual award of up to $500,000 each for a select group of small non-profit organizations around the world that have shown unusual effectiveness and creativity. Read More
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About the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

Each year MacArthur makes grants to exceptional organizations that are key contributors to fields that are core to the Foundation's work. Read More