MacArthur Foundation Announces 2009 Winners of Award for Creative and Effective Nonprofits
Eight Organizations Receive up to
Though these nonprofit organizations have diverse missions - from defending equality in the Nigerian legal system to transforming low-income
"These organizations may be small but their impact is tremendous," said MacArthur President
The 2009 recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions are:
- Access to Justice -
Access to Justice seeks to prevent police abuse, eliminate torture, and promote accountability for extra-judicial killings in
- Caribbean Natural Resource Institute -
Port of Spain, Trinidad
For over 30 years, the Caribbean Natural Resource Institute has championed participation in the cause of biodiversity conservation, built alliances among the region's diverse island nations and organizations, and sensitively harmonized the needs of people and the health of their coastal environment. It has protected watersheds, ensured a role for civil society in managing threatened natural resources, designed innovative training programs and provided clear-sighted analysis in community-based tourism, sustainable fisheries and forestry. It is currently playing a leading role in helping governments and civil society in the
- Center for Neighborhood Technology -
The Center for Neighborhood Technology uses cutting-edge research to develop transformative approaches to improving the environmental sustainability and economic health of urban areas. CNT works with cities and regions to analyze greenhouse gas emissions and identify mitigation strategies. Other current projects include the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index; I-GO, a membership-based car sharing organization; and the Preservation Compact Energy Savers Program, which offers energy audits and low-cost loans to retrofit affordable rental housing.
- Centre for Independent Social Research -
St. Petersburg, Russia
Nearly two decades after the collapse of the
- Chicago Community Loan Fund -
The Chicago Community Loan Fund is a leading resource for small and mid-size real estate developers and nonprofits in metropolitan
- Mahila SEWA Trust - Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Mahila SEWA Trust works for the welfare of members of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), a trade union of poor, self-employed women workers that organizes women in
- National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy -
These two affiliated organizations work in collaboration to address the nation's housing challenges, which are particularly pressing during these difficult economic times. For more than 75 years, the National Housing Conference has advocated for policies and legislation that promote affordable housing. The Center for Housing Policy specializes in research and analysis designed to understand better America's housing problems and to identify promising solutions that can be adopted at the national, state and local levels.
- Women of the Don - Novocherkassk,
Women of the Don is a leading regional human rights organization in
In making these 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
The Foundation is well known for the MacArthur Fellows Program, which celebrates individual creativity. Each year, 25 people in diverse fields receive an unexpected phone call awarding them
Winners of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions with operating budgets of
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. More information is available at www.macfound.org.
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