CHICAGO, April 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that eight organizations in six
countries will receive the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective
Each organization will receive up to $500,000, a large sum considering
their annual budgets are under $2.5 million. The organizations will use
their new funding for a range of purposes, including purchasing new office
space, developing training and research facilities, upgrading technology,
and undertaking new research.
"From its founding, the MacArthur Foundation has sought out people and
organizations that have the creativity, energy and breadth of vision to
change the world for the better," said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton.
"These imaginative and influential small organizations have an impact
altogether disproportionate to their size. They are addressing problems and
injustices, finding fresh solutions, and proving themselves as leaders and
The 2008 recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective
-- Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana, Tlachinollan - Guerrero
State, Mexico: By defending minority communities and bringing violators of
human rights to justice, Tlachinollan is strengthening Mexico's civil
society and building a stronger system of justice.
-- Juvenile Law Center - Philadelphia, PA: One of America's oldest and
most respected public interest law firms, the Center advances the welfare
and needs of society's most vulnerable citizens: youth in the juvenile
justice and child welfare systems. The Center advocates for the rule of law
to provide a voice for children, ensuring fair, developmentally appropriate
solutions through legal advocacy, policy change and public education.
-- Kazan Human Rights Center - Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian
Federation: Employing a strategy of targeted litigation, it has brought
widespread attention to the issue of police abuse. The Center calls on
Russia's legal system to observe the spirit of the law and defend the
-- Legal Defence and Assistance Project - Lagos, Nigeria: The Project
offers support and legal assistance to indigent prisoners and defends human
rights for all. By reforming the administration of criminal justice, and
training government officials, it is instilling respect for the law as a
key element of a healthy democracy.
-- Project Match - Chicago, Illinois: Project Match's workforce
development research has provided a more complete understanding of the
challenges faced by those trying to find work, helping to make individuals
and families more self-reliant and secure.
-- Public Radio Exchange (PRX)/Station Resource Group - Cambridge,
Massachusetts: By gathering and distributing new programming and using
technological innovation to expand content choices, PRX is leading public
radio to become more interactive, diverse, and democratic.
-- Sangath - Goa, India: Sangath is a leader in child development,
adolescent and family guidance, and behavioral and mental health services,
providing direct services to benefit Goa's 1.4 million people and
conducting research to generate evidence to influence policies to promote
the health of over 400 million children and adolescents in India.
-- Tany Meva Foundation - Antananarivo, Madagascar: One of the most
diverse ecosystems on the planet, Madagascar is also home to more than 20
million people, the bulk of whom live in poverty. Tany Meva, the nation's
first environmental foundation, seeks to increase sustainable use of the
environment, to educate and empower communities and to save the threatened
In making these Creative and Effective Institutions awards, the
Foundation does not seek or accept nominations. To qualify, organizations
must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a
critical or strategic point in their development; have budgets of less than
$2.5 million per year; show strong leadership and stable financial
management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work
central to one of MacArthur's core programs. Approximately 1,000
organizations worldwide are eligible for the Award.
On June 12, winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at
MacArthur's headquarters in Chicago. The Foundation will also host seminars
to highlight the work of these organizations. The sessions will be open to
other nonprofit institutions, providing an important opportunity for mutual
The MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking
institution dedicated to building a more just, sustainable, and peaceful
world. With assets of $6.8 billion, the Foundation makes grants of
approximately $260 million each year.
SOURCE MacArthur Foundation