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MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

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In 2012 the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation selected BPI to receive its MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, a prestigious honor bestowed annually on a fortunate few nonprofits worldwide. In addition to recognizing BPI’s efforts to address pressing issues of social justice in Chicago and the region, the MacArthur Award was accompanied by a $750,000 grant.

The MacArthur Foundation honored BPI both for its housing, public education, and political reform work, as well as for its “dedication to innovative ideas and creative policy initiatives.” More information on BPI’s award is available on The MacArthur Foundation website.

The MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions significantly strengthens BPI’s capacity to develop and advance policies that improve the life trajectories of the least advantaged, while helping to shape the future direction of BPI. Additionally, it has enabled BPI to endow its Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship program and to strengthen its communication and outreach efforts.

“From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. In speaking of all the organizations honored, “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.”

Recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

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