Two months after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the creation of a $5 million fund to support various organizations working to provide information and analyses on the attacks and their aftermath.
To date, fourteen organizations have been awarded grants totaling more than $3.2 million from the fund, which was authorized by the foundation's board at its September meeting. The awards include $500,000 to PBS's Frontline program and $400,000 to National Public Radio. Funding also has been provided to organizations working to preserve stability in Central and Southwest Asia, assess the risk of terrorists gaining weapons of mass destruction, and protect civil liberties in light of new legislation designed to combat terrorism.
"This fund focuses upon important questions that have been brought into sharp relief by these tragic events and all that is happening as a direct result of them," said foundation president Jonathan Fanton. "What are the U.S. interests and responsibilities as we respond to new threats to international security? What conditions give rise to terrorism and sustain it?...The MacArthur Foundation has many existing relationships with people and organizations addressing such matters and we are moving swiftly to support their efforts."