Annual Reports

U.S. Programs

Affordable Housing

Recognizing the relationship between affordable housing and successful human and community development, MacArthur supports the Window of Opportunity initiative, which seeks to preserve the stock of affordable rental housing, and a comprehensive research program on how housing matters to families and communities.

Community & Economic Development

Helping to increase social and economic opportunities for low-income Chicagoans, MacArthur supports the New Communities Program, a comprehensive community revitalization effort in 16 Chicago neighborhoods, as well as communication of its lessons learned to other cities and the field.

Digital Media & Learning

The digital media and learning initiative aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to education and other social institutions that must meet the needs of this and future generations.

Juvenile Justice

Through the Models for Change initiative, MacArthur supports reform in 16 states and aims to help accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions.

Policy Research

MacArthur's policy-related grantmaking aims to improve and inform decision making at the federal, state, and local levels through general operating support to a small portfolio of organizations across an array of issues and special fiscal, demographic, and analytical projects with broad implications for domestic policy.

Program-Related Investments

In addition to its grantmaking, the Foundation makes program-related investments (PRIs), which are low-cost loans, guarantees, and equity investments provided at below-market rates to support charitable activity. Most of the Foundation's PRIs are used to support specialized intermediaries known as community development financial institutions and for efforts to preserve affordable rental housing across the country.


About the Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.