MacArthur announces non-profit grants

Jan. 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The MacArthur Foundation, based in Chicago, has announced the 11 recipients of its grants for creative and effective non-profit organizations.

The grants range in size from $350,000 to $1 million, based on the size of the recipient' budgets. The largest go to groups with operating budgets from $3 million to $5 million and the smallest to those with budgets under $750,000.

Those groups getting $350,000 include Action Research & Training for Health in Rajasthan, India; the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities in Chicago; the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Thimphu, Bhutan; and the Social and Economic Rights Action Center, Lagos, Nigeria. The first group works in healthcare and healthcare policy, mostly in Rajasthan, the second works with immigrants in the United States, the third is Bhutan's only national conservation group and the fourth works for the rights of marginalized people.

The groups getting $500,000 grants are the Arms Control Association, Washington, which works to reduce the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction; and REDRESS, London, which advocates for victims of torture. Two groups are getting $750,000 grants -- the Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer in Mexico City, which focuses on the reproductive rights and health of rural indigenous women; and the W. Haywood Burns Institute, San Francisco, which works to cut racial bias in the juvenile justice system.

The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago and the Urban Institute's Tax Policy Center, Washington, have been awarded $1 million grants.

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