The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Posted on: December 9, 2013

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

  • Grantmaking 2011
  • Grants authorized: $230.0 million
  • Grant requests: 6,774
  • Number of grants: 497
  • Range of grants: $10,000 to $5 million
  • Range of operations: U.S. and about 50 countries worldwide
  • Global Security & Sustainability: $87 million
  • Human & Community Development: $90.5 million
  • General Program: $40.4 million
  • MacArthur Fellows Program: $12.1 million
  • Program-Related Investments: $9.6 million

The Foundation makes grants and loans through four programs. For more information please visit

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