MacArthur Foundation

In Brief

1970, Chicago; large fdn for “A Just, Verdant and Peaceful World”


(1970, Chicago;

Also known as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, “Committed to Building a More Just, Verdant, and Peaceful World.”  Seeks to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society by supporting creative people and effective institutions.  “Big Bets” include climate solutions, criminal justice, and the nuclear challenge.  Other concerns include human rights, conservation, population, peace and security, migration, and cities.  Grants are offered through five programs: International, U.S., Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives (including the widely-known “genius grants” for MacArthur Fellows).  Total assets are $6.5 billion, with annual grants of about $220 million (>$5 billion in grants given since 1978).  Julia Stasch, president;  c.130 staff.  [Note:  The latest MacArthur initiative, announced in June 2016, will award $100 million every three years for a solution to a global problem.  See for further information on this competition.  MM]

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