February 28, 2013
Chicago Business Journal
Northwestern law center, SWOP win MacArthur grants
Two Chicago-area organizations were among 13 nonprofits in five countries to win grants recognizing their creativity and effectiveness from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The MacArthur Award recognizesexceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with $500,000 to $1.5 million, depending on the size of its budget.
Founded in 1992, the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern seeks to protect the rights and well-being of children in the nation's juvenile justice system and advocates for fairer laws and policies.
The center said it will use the grant to establish an endowment and expand its public outreach initiatives.
Southwest Organizing Project, known as SWOP, works on Chicago’s Southwest Side to educate and mobilize community members to overcome foreclosures and violence in its neighborhoods. The group’s 15 employees coordinate the efforts of 29 member organizations and their recent efforts have prevented almost 500 foreclosures.
The organization said it will use the funds to expand its offices and improve its technological capabilities and training.
Other U.S.-based nonprofits who were recognized with MacArthur awards include American Documentary and StoryCorps, both based in Brooklyn, N.Y.; New York-based Family Care International; Boston’s Housing Partnership Network; Berkeley, Calif.-based International Rivers, Cambridge, Mass.-based The Tobin Project and Washington, D.C.-based The Stimson Center.
“From New York to New Delhi, these extraordinary organizations are making a real difference in the lives of people and communities,” MacArthur President Robert Gallucci said in a statement.