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.

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.

Representative Awards Recipients

Washington, District of Columbia
Using legal expertise to reduce the corrosive influence of money in politics
Berkeley, California
Changing the World Through Investigative Reporting
Chicago, Illinois
Keeping Midwest history alive through film preservation
Berkeley, California
Protecting rivers and the rights of communities
Toronto, Canada
Pioneering new ways to expose and reduce human rights abuses in cyberspace
Abuja, Nigeria
Promoting and protecting the rights of Nigerian women
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