Latest John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation News

Ford Foundation to divest millions from fossil fuels

Oct. 18, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

The Ford Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced Monday that it will divest millions from fossil fuels, following similar investment decisions made by other sizable foundations in recent years. For years, climate activists have...

Florida felon voting activist Meade gets civil rights back

Oct. 09, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida activist who led a movement to allow most former felons to vote got more civil rights restored under a new state clemency program. Desmond Meade, head of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, announced in a Twitter video Saturday...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 06, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

Miami Herald. October 2, 2021. Editorial: Want voters to trust the redistricting process? Start with listening to them The once-a-decade process of drawing new boundaries for legislative and congressional seats has started in Tallahassee. It’s...

Activist, historian, writer among `genius grant' recipients

Sep. 28, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A historian devoted to keeping alive the stories of long-dead victims of racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border and a civil rights activist whose mission is to make sure people who leave prison are free to walk into the voting booth are among this year’s MacArthur...

Who are the 2021 MacArthur fellows?

Sep. 28, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

Writers, artists, poets, a virologist, activists and filmmakers are among the luminaries named as this year’s MacArthur fellows. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Tuesday announced 25 people will each receive $625,000 over five years to use as they please. The...

MacArthur aims to help people with disabilities find work

Aug. 04, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

As a temporary program associate at Borealis Philanthropy, Adam Fishbein helps track payments the organization makes through its pooled funds. He uses transcription software to identify keywords and themes that are repeated in Zoom calls and other communications with grantees so Borealis can...

MacKenzie Scott, French Gates join to fund gender equality

Jul. 29, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

An initiative from philanthropists Melinda French Gates, MacKenzie Scott and the family foundation of billionaire Lynn Schusterman awarded $40 million Thursday to four promoting gender equality projects in tech, higher education, caregiving and minority communities. The...

1960s civil rights activist Robert Moses has died

Jul. 25, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86. Moses, who was widely...