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A Home Creates a World of Possibilities

Jonathan T.M. Reckford | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Jonathan T.M. Reckford

It is important that we continue to seek new opportunities to improve housing conditions because too many families know the impossible compromises that must be made to afford acceptable shelter.

National Medalists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Yvonne C. Brill received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in October 2011 "for innovation in rocket propulsion systems for geosynchronous." Other women have received these medals, also for groundbreaking accomplishments.

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.17.2014 | Books

On Wednesday, cartoonist Alison Bechdel was named one of 21 new MacArthur Fellows. Bechdel’s name may be familiar to you from her graphic memoirs Fu...

Here Are The 21 MacArthur Geniuses You Should Know This Year

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts

From a 36-year-old Harvard mathematician to 71-year-old independent historian to 53-year-old public artist, the class of 2014 MacArthur Fellows is her...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Tells World How to Improve Foster Care System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I asked Founder and Publisher of Youth Communication, Keith Hefner, his opinion on the current state of the foster care system because he ha...

New Models of Collaboration Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

John F. Ince | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
John F. Ince

GPF has long been one of the world's premier gatherings of philanthropists and nonprofit practitioners, but it's also become breeding a ground for collaborative models addressing some of the world's most intractable problems.

MacArthur Foundation Chooses 7 Nonprofits To Get $1 Million Grants

AP | HERBERT G. McCANN | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — The MacArthur Foundation has chosen seven nonprofits for grants of as much as $1 million to recognize their success and future potent...

Looking for ET

John Branch | Posted 02.06.2014 | Books
John Branch

Science writer Lee Billings accomplishes a lot in the pages of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (published in the U...

Give Me a Genius Grant

Michael Drew | Posted 09.27.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Drew

Hey, I want a MacArthur grant, too! I do good work. I'm interesting. I'm bright. I'm opinionated. I help people. I've written a book. I've even got my own company.

Arthur Delaney

MacArthur Genius Grantee Received Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three years ago, poverty qualified choreographer Kyle Abraham for food stamps. On Wednesday, the MacArthur Foundation announced it had a...

MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts

What do a 60-year-old video artist, a 36-year-old atomic physicist, and a 53-year-old behavioral economist have in common? Not much, probably, except ...

MacArthur Increases 'Genius Grants' To $625K

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts

CHICAGO — The MacArthur Foundation announced Tuesday that it is increasing the value of its annual "genius grants" to $625,000. Previously, gra...

Multimedia Challenge Seeks Your Radical Ideas On Democracy

Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact

Disagree with the President on foreign policy? Have better ideas on averting the fiscal cliff? Well, here's your chance to throw your in your two cent...

The MacArthur Foundation Stole My Idea for a More Just, Verdant and Peaceful World

James Napoli | Posted 04.03.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

You can imagine how I feel every time I hear a Public Broadcasting underwriting announcement in which those big shots at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation claim my vision as their own.

The Facts on U.S. Social Enterprise

Ben Thornley | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The Great Social Enterprise Census is open for business and will provide the data needed to support sustainable growth and job creation in this emerging sector of the economy. If what your enterprise does, or how and why you do it, is motivated by social purpose, now is the time to join a movement.

The Pioneering Impact Investor

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Impact investing is not for the faint of heart. The practice is unconventional and unpredictable. It requires key actors to step outside their comfort zones, in underdeveloped markets.

MacArthur Foundation Lays Egg

Steven Clifford | Posted 12.07.2012 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

I am resilient. I will recover from MacArthur's snub, as I do every year. But what message do they send to America's budding artists and scientists?

The Paris-Los Angeles Art Affair

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Big commercial art fairs have multiplied to the point that today, no one can say precisely how many take place around the world each year. Hundreds? No, more like thousands.

The Ugliness of the MacArthurs: The Reality Behind Artistic Jealousy

Jade Simmons | Posted 12.05.2012 | Arts
Jade Simmons

Let me first say there's nothing truly ugly about the MacArthur Genius grants. In fact, they're downright beautiful. They're the modern-day patron with no strings attached. So what makes them ugly?

MacArthur Genius Grants Announced

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts

Winners for the The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship -- commonly known as the "genius awards" -- were leaked today on the New ...

Junot Díaz: MacArthur Genius

Posted 12.01.2012 | Books

Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu have been named MacArthur Foundation geniuses according to a tweet put out by their publisher, Riverhead Books, and an ...

The Cooler Bandits

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

What this film has is the vast emotional power of truth and the ability to make people understand the true burden that the criminal justice system places on our most disadvantaged citizens.

Joining Lady Gaga's New Foundation To Build A Kinder World

Connie Yowell | Posted 04.30.2012 | Education
Connie Yowell

A virtual army 19 million strong on Twitter and 48 million strong on Facebook, Lady Gaga's supporters are primed and excited, and through her new Foundation, they can get the help they need to make a real-world difference for themselves and their communities.

15 Creative Nonprofits Get Huge Grants From MacArthur Foundation

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 02.16.2012 | Impact

CHICAGO -- Fifteen organizations have been named recipients of the 2012 "Award for Creative and Effective Institutions" by the MacArthur Foundation an...