MacArthur Foundation Announces Winners of Award for Creative and Effective Nonprofits

February 16, 2012 – MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, Press Releases

(Chicago, IL) —Their missions are diverse – from protecting ecosystems to defending children’s rights, from empowering girls to strengthening neighborhoods, from investigative reporting to eliminating abusive financial practices.

2012 Award Recipients


United States

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today named 15 organizations in six countries as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The awards continue the Foundation’s history of building and supporting institutions that address some of the world’s most pressing problems in creative ways.

“From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. “They provide new ways to address old problems. They generate provocative ideas and they reframe well-worn debates. And their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size.”

The recipients of the 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions follow. The size of the award varies from $350,000 to $2.5 million, depending on the annual budget of each organization.

In making these Awards, the Foundation does not seek or accept nominations. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur’s core programs.

The Award is not only recognition for past leadership and success but also an investment in the future. Organizations will use this large infusion of support to build endowments, develop strategic plans, and upgrade technology and physical infrastructure.

MacArthur has a long history of strengthening institutions – from Human Rights Watch, now the largest U.S.-based human rights organization; to the World Resources Institute, the environmental think tank; to Creative Commons, which has changed the way we use and think about copyrights.

Additional information about the winning organizations, as well as overview videos about their work, is available at

Source: MacArthur Foundation Announces Winners of Award for Creative and Effective Nonprofits

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