The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
140 S. Dearborn St., Ste. 1200
Chicago, IL United States 60603-5285
Telephone: (312) 726-8000
Type of Grantmaker
- Celebrity: Business
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
Total giving: $222,512,603
Additional Contact Information
Incorporated in 1970 in IL - Founded by the late John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur. A midwestern businessman and real estate magnate, Mr. MacArthur was one of the country's wealthiest men. He built a vast fortune, primarily through ownership and development of Bankers Life and Casualty Co. of Chicago, the largest health and casualty underwriter in the nation, as well as other businesses including considerable property in Florida and New York. His wife, Catherine T. MacArthur, a board member of both Bankers Life and Casualty and the foundation, died in 1981.
Purpose and Activities
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
A competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.
The program supports the foundation's hometown city's civic, cultural, and community infrastructure.
The program works to prevent climate change by curbing emissions and supporting global leadership on climate solutions, particularly by the United States, China, and India.
The program works to address over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
Journalism and Media
The program works to strengthen American democracy by informing, engaging, and activating Americans through deep investments in independent journalism and media.
MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
Annual awards that recognize exceptional foundation grantees and help ensure their sustainability.
The MacArthur Fellows program awards unrestricted $625,000 fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.
The program works to reduce nuclear threats by decreasing the availability and use of weapons-usable material.
The program promotes an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in Nigeria by reducing retail corruption and strengthening Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts.
By providing flexible loans and other financial instruments, known as impact investments, the foundation helps nonprofit and social enterprises grown and leverage capital to meet the needs of underserved people and communities.
Fields of Interest
- Arts administration
- Citizen journalism
- Climate change
- Community improvement
- Forest management
- International peace and security
- Investigative journalism
- Law enforcement
- Nuclear non-proliferation
- Prison alternatives
- Public policy
- Sustainable development
- Sustainable forestry
- Children and youth
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Low-income and poor people
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $6,469,167,430 (market value)
Total giving: $222,512,603
Qualifying distributions: $280,247,603
Giving activities include:
$209,511,703 for 1650 grants (high: $1,300,000; low: $150)
$13,000,900 for 112 grants to individuals (high: $125,000; low: $100,000)