The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
How cool is the MacArthur Fellows Program, aka the “genius grant”? $500,000, no strings attached, awarded to twenty or thirty creators in the arts and sciences each and every year. This program alone makes the $6 billion foundation not only Chicago’s largest nonprofit, but also its most exciting. Of course, “Big Mac” does a lot more with its money: take note of its underwriting of public radio and television when you tune in, or catch its support of documentary filmmaking at the local art-house. Beyond the media and the arts, the MacArthur Foundation pours resources into support for human rights and international justice, global conservation and sustainable development, affordable housing in the U.S. and many, many other admirable areas.
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Best of Chicago 2007