Congratulations to the Juvenile Law Center, which has just won the third-annual John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The prestigious $500,000 prize, which went to eight organizations worldwide this year, honors small nonprofits (i.e., those with annual budgets smaller than $2.5 million) that have received MacArthur funds in the past and have, says the JLC press release, “made an extraordinary impact in their fields and are helping to address some of the world’s most challenging problems.”
Other winners, according to this AP report, include an organization that defends human rights in Nigeria; a foundation in Madagascar seeking to preserve that island nation’s environment; a workforce development group in Chicago; the Kazan Human Rights Center in the Tatarstan region of Russia, which highlights the problem of police abuse; and Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana, Tlachinollan, which lobbies for minority rights in Mexico.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions,” said Robert Schwartz, executive director and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center. “This award will allow us to strengthen our national policy work, create a more effective strategic communications plan and extend the reach of our work to protect children now and into the future.”