The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Nine nonprofit organizations were each awarded grants ranging from $350,000 to $1 million, depending on the size of their budgets, to build their cash reserves or endowments, develop a strategic plan, and/or upgrade their technology and physical infrastructure. The award recognizes exceptional nonprofits that are engaged in the foundation's core fields of work and aims to help ensure their long-term sustainability.
This year's awardees are Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos ($350,000) in Mexico City; Firelight Media ($500,000) in New York City; Forest Trends ($1 million) in Washington, D.C.; FrameWorks Institute ($1 million) in Washington, D.C.; the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley ($1 million); iCivics ($750,000) in Washington, D.C.; the John Howard Association of Illinois ($500,000); the National Institute on Money in State Politics ($1 million) in Helena, Montana; and the Roosevelt Campus Network ($750,000) in New York City.
"From tracking money in U.S. elections to protecting the vulnerable in Mexico to reinvigorating civics education, these extraordinary organizations are tackling some of the most difficult social challenges and achieving outsized impact," said MacArthur foundation vice president Elspeth Revere. "This award recognizes their leadership and success, and it is also a significant investment in their long-term future."