MacArthur recognises seven NGOs for creativity, effectiveness

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BY ISHOLA BALOGUN
The MacArthur foundation has named seven organizations in three countries as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

The award, which recognises exceptional non-profits and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organisation with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget.

”From exposing human rights abuses in cyberspace to reducing the influence of money in American politics, the missions of these organizations are diverse,” said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. “They have each demonstrated outsized impact in improving the lives of people and communities. MacArthur hopes these investments will help sustain and expand their reach.”

Among the recipients of the 2014 MacArthur award include Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative, Abuja, Nigeria which promotes and protects the rights of Nigerian women;

Campaign Legal Center, Washington, DC for its legal expertise in reducing the corrosive influence of money in politics.  Others are National Housing Trust,Washington, DC,  NatureServe, Arlington, VA; ProPublica, New York, The Citizen Lab, Toronto, Canada and University of Chicago Crime Lab – Chicago

The Award according to the foundation, was not only in recognition of past leadership and success but also an investment in the organizations’ future.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that recipients would use their awards to create endowments or innovation funds, increase their capacity, and upgrade technology and physical infrastructure.

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