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MacArthur Fund Grants

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Through the General Program, the Foundation undertakes multi-year funding initiatives in changing areas of special interest, makes grants responding to unusual opportunities that advance the broad purposes of the Foundation but do not fall within the areas addressed by its two topical programs, supports efforts to improve and diversify television and radio, and funds arts and cultural organizations in the Chicago region.

Support for arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and the region is an expression of civic commitment to the place where the Foundation has its headquarters and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur made their home. Grants are designed to help sustain the cultural life of the city and region.


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Office of Grants Management
140 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Phone: (312) 726-8000
Fax: (312) 920-6258
TDD: (312) 920-6285

Citizen Action/Illinois

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Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation.

The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human life has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow all its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is a collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice, but recognizes that winning justice requires political power. It exists to create that power by being a values-based, issue-oriented political center in Illinois.

Citizen Action/Illinois is both an organizational coalition and an individual membership organization. Individuals members are recruited through the organization’s on-going door-to-door canvasses and through a phone/pledge giver program. Members are asked both to financially support the organization and to take action on issues such as contacting key members of Congress or writing lawmakers. The organization currently has 23,000 individual members recruited through the door and phone canvasses. Individual members are frequently contacted through public education efforts before elections.

Citizen Action’s organizational affiliates include statewide organizations and local groups, including labor organizations, community groups, consumer and health organizations, senior citizen organizations, disability rights groups, local political organizations and gay & lesbian, religious and rural organizations. The organization also works with several on-going coalitions of allies that are not directly affiliated, including those involved in environmental and campaign finance reform efforts.

The affiliates are represented on the 97-member Policy Council (most statewide organizations have two or more representatives) which also includes leaders serving as individuals, among them Members of Congress, state legislators, and local government officials. The Policy Council is elected annually at the state convention of affiliate delegates and interested individual activists; it meets quarterly to determine the organization’s public policy positions, its legislative agenda, and any endorsements of candidates for public office.

Citizen Action/Illinois was formed in 1997 to work on behalf of the public interest both in Springfield and Washington, DC and is built on a tradition of strong grassroots citizen organizations– in labor, the communities, and in the progressive movement. Citizen Action/Illinois is the state’s largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation. The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human has equal worth, that the purpose of our society is to allow its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is collective good beyond our individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice.


28 E. Jackson
Suite #605
Chicago, Illinois 60604
phone: 312-427-2114
fax: 312-427-2307

Facing History and Ourselves

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Since 1976, Facing History and Ourselves has offered in-depth professional development services; curricular resources; and ongoing support to educators and students in the areas of history, social studies, and language arts. We are dedicated to helping teachers around the world lead their students in a critical examination of history, with particular focus on genocide and mass violence.
Facing History’s work is based on the premise that we need to—and can—teach civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action to young people, as a way of fostering moral adulthood. If we do not educate students for dignity and equity, then we have failed both them and ourselves.

We believe that students are moral philosophers—able and willing to think about tough moral and ethical dilemmas in surprisingly sophisticated ways. Our materials and our approach help students with a wide range of abilities and learning styles understand that their choices and actions matter, and that young people can, and should, be agents of change. We provide teachers with the tools they need to educate students so that they can act on their knowledge.

Our Mission: Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. By studying the historical development and lessons of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Since the Chicago regional office opened in 1990, more than 1,900 local educators have participated in Facing History’s professional development programs. These teachers annually reach over 190,000 middle and high school students in over 300 public, parochial, private and charter schools in the Chicago region, including 120 Chicago Public Schools.


200 East Randolph Street
Suite 2100 Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 726-4500
Fax: (312) 726-3713

Center on Halsted

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Following the advice of noted Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, Center on Halsted organizers early on decided they would “make no small plans.” The Center’s vision reflects this philosophy:

A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender journey… celebrating, affirming and discovering possibilities.

To achieve this vision and create a place where people can come together to play, learn, and talk to one another, the Center’s mission is as follows:

In a safe and nurturing environment, the Center on Halsted serves as a catalyst for the LGBT community that links and provides community resources, and enriches life experiences.

These guiding messages inspire every step of the way as Center on Halsted becomes a reality. The Center will be an anchor for all facets of the LGBT community to congregate freely in a safe, understanding and nurturing environment – with support networks and programs that meet the cultural, emotional, social, educational and recreational needs of LGBT persons, whether youth, adults, seniors or families.

Above all, the Center will act as a bridge between persons and between communities, enabling new possibilities.

The Center on Halsted will also house a number of organizations serving Chicago’s LGBT community. More than 40 have expressed their interest in participating with the center. Chicago has long been the center of the LGBT community for the greater Midwest. While the city has a wide array of LGBT organizations that provide many health, social services, recreational, cultural and advocacy programs and services, there is no one place where these organizations can easily come together to collaborate, extend their reach, or share resources. The Center on Halsted will celebrate and solidify this role. This multipurpose facility will provide organizational support and meeting space for LGBT groups, cultural and recreational programming and counseling services. At the heart and soul of the Center are programs that will be offered by a community of nonprofit organizations. Literally tens of thousands will be served each year through the organizations that become partners in this bold new project. The Center will also strengthen the community by serving as a link among diverse organizations that otherwise might not interact.


Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773.472.6469
Fax: 773.472.6643
TTY: 773.472.1277

WLUW 88.7 FM

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WLUW is a progressive, community-oriented radio station, committed to social justice and independent thought and expression, and to giving a voice to those who too often go unheard. The station is dedicated to offering a broad array of music, news, and issue- and arts-oriented programming that cannot be found elsewhere on the radio.

If you are interested in getting involved with this experiement called 88.7-Independent Community Radio, please contact station manager Craig Kois to find out about the next meeting for new volunteers. New WLUW volunteers are accepted three times per year, in January, May, and September.

88.7-Independent Community Radio broadcasts at 100 watts of power from atop Mertz Hall on the campus of Loyola University Chicago in Rogers Park. The coverage area extends from Lake Michigan west to the Tri-state Tollway, and from northern suburbs like Highland Park south to North Avenue.


WLUW FM 88.7
6525 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, 60626

Phone Numbers:
Request: (773)508-WLUW
Office: (773)508-8080
Fax: (773)508-8082


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Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) gives every Chicagoan a voice on cable television by providing video training, equipment, facilities and channel time for Chicago residents and nonprofit groups. CAN TV’s five local, non-commercial channels reach 1 million viewers in the city of Chicago.

This unique communications resource belongs to the people of Chicago, whether you are a viewer, a producer, or simply believe in the right of free expression. CAN TV has become a lifeline for thousands of Chicago residents and nonprofits. Its channels are over 90% local, helping viewers find jobs, locate HIV/AIDS and domestic violence counseling, access art and educational resources, interact with local public officials, and experience a diversity of viewpoints.

CAN TV is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1983 to administer and promote the use of Chicago’s public access channels. CAN TV has won local, state and national awards for its accomplishments and is recognized as one of the finest access centers in the country. Cable companies provide support for CAN TV as part of franchise commitments in the City of Chicago.


Suite 100
322 S. Green Street
Chicago, IL 60607-3544

telephone: (312) 738-1400
fax: (312) 738-2519