The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the 2011 winners of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Eleven organizations in six countries will receive grants ranging from $350,000 to $1 million — a large sum given that their annual budgets are each less than $5 million — for a range of purposes, including the acquisition of office space, construction of a library and conference room, and technology upgrades. While the recipient organizations' missions are diverse — from protecting biodiversity in Bhutan, to fighting poverty in the United States, to improving maternal and child health among India's impoverished — they have much in common. All have demonstrated significant impact in their fields, for example, and have spurred significant change with modest budgets.
This year's recipients include the Arms Control Association (Washington, D.C.); the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (Chicago); the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (Thimphu, Bhutan); the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (Lagos, Nigeria); Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer (Mexico City, Mexico); and the W. Haywood Burns Institute (San Francisco).
"These exceptional organizations effectively address pressing national and international challenges and they have had an impact that is disproportionate to their small size," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "The [foundation] is proud to recognize them. It is our hope that these awards will help position them for long-term growth and even greater impact in the years ahead."