Special Projects

Current Special Projects

  • 100&Change Finalists: Four Impactful Solutions

       “The proposals are creative, ambitious, and driven by a passion to make the world a better place for millions of people. Together, they demonstrate that, even in challenging social and political times, solutions are possible and worthy of significant investment.” — MacArthur President Julia Stasch     More ›

  • 100&Change Semi-Finalists: Eight Bold Solutions

    “These eight ambitious proposals exemplify the passion, range, and creativity of the hundreds of applications. We hope that the competition inspires individuals and organizations to be bold and think big, because solutions are possible.” — MacArthur President Julia Stasch  More ›

  • Chicago Stories

    We are proud to support and work with hundreds of creative and effective Chicago organizations that are helping to address some of the region’s most pressing social challenges and to ensure a vibrant cultural and community infrastructure. Here are stories of the important and impactful work of just some of our Chicago-area grantees.  More ›

  • Digital Badges

    Digital badges are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that is housed and managed online. Badges are designed to make visible and validate learning in both formal and informal settings, and hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued.   More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Competition

    The 5th annual Digital Media and Learning Competition will provide $2 million for innovations in making a better web.  More ›

  • Digital Media & Learning Research

    Foundation-funded research is contributing to a growing body of evidence about how young people learn today especially with digital media  More ›

  • Discovery Grants

    Discovery Grants were awarded for exceptionally creative or innovative projects with high potential impact, but which do not fit into the Foundation's existing programs and strategies.  More ›

  • Housing Policy Research

    Compelling findings from a range of fields are revealing critical links between housing and other national policy issues.  More ›

  • How Housing Matters

    How Housing Matters to Families and Communities explores the notion that affordable housing may be an essential "platform" that promotes positive outcomes in education, employment, and physical and mental health, among other areas.   More ›

  • Improving the Nation's Fiscal Future

    MacArthur supports projects to develop evidence and policy alternatives for addressing the country's deteriorating fiscal condition and to ensure a sound fiscal future. The Foundation is also committed to informing the American public and policymakers of the fiscal realities facing the country.  More ›