The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the 2012 winners of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Through the program, fifteen organizations in six countries will receive grants ranging from $350,000 to $2.5 million for a range of purposes, including endowment support, technology upgrades, strategic planning, and facility enhancements. As in previous years, the foundation sought out nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated exceptional creativity and effectiveness, strong leadership, and and stable financial management; reached a critical or strategic point in their development; are engaged in work central to one of the foundation's core programs; and have previously received MacArthur support.
This year's recipients are the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (Kampala, Uganda); Business and Professional People for the Public Interest(Chicago, Illinois); the Carnegie Moscow Center (Moscow, Russia); the Center for Investigative Reporting (Berkeley, California); the Center for Responsible Lending (Durham, North Carolina); the Community Investment Corporation (Chicago, Illinois); the Conservation Strategy Fund (Sebastopol, California); Crisis Action (London, England); the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University (New York, New York); the Girls' Power Initiative (Calabar, Nigeria); the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (Washington, D.C.); the Moscow Helsinki Group (Moscow, Russia); the National Juvenile Defender Center (Washington, D.C.); the National Human Rights Network (Mexico City, Mexico); and the Moth (New York, New York).
"From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "They provide new ways to address old problems. They generate provocative ideas and they reframe well-worn debates. And their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size."