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MacArthur launching awards program

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has established a new awards program designed to honor small nonprofits that have demonstrated “unusual effectiveness and creativity,” the foundation says.

The Chicago-based funder will not accept applications for the new program and will consider only groups it has previously funded that are working in one of the foundation’s grantmaking areas.

Eligible nonprofits also must have budgets of $2.5 million or less and must demonstrate strong leadership and financial management.

The foundations be consdiering groups that have shown creativity and effectiveness and have “reached a critical strategic point in their development.”

The first round of awards will be presented in October to nine organizations at a ceremony in Chicago.

In conjunction with the awards presentation, the foundation will hold a series of seminars focusing on the work of the winning groups that will be open to other nonprofits.

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