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June 01, 2016

Opinion: MacArthur Should Support Chicago's Black-Led Nonprofits

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation is failing when it comes to its grant making to black-led nonprofits, according to an opinion piece published by Crain's Business Journal

Phillip Jackson, founding executive director the BLack Star Project in Chicago, writes that an analysis of MacArthur's giving in 2015 shows that it gave about $56 million to groups in the city. Less than one percent, or $375,000, went to black-led groups, even though the city's population is about 33 percent black. More than 70 percent of grantees were arts, culture, and research organizations, he writes, even though the city badly needs resources to reduce violence. 

"The black community does not want to fight with MacArthur Foundation, but we don't want to be treated as fools," Mr. Jackson writes. "We want the MacArthur Foundation to be fair to black people and supportive of Chicago."