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MacArthur Foundation awards creative organizations

MacArthur Foundation awards organizations around globe for pursuing innovative solutions By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ' The MacArthur Foundation has named 15 organizations in six countries the winners of a new round of awards that recognize creative and effective institutions.

Their missions range from protecting ecosystems in Uganda and defending children's rights in the U.S. to empowering girls in Nigeria and working to avert conflict around the globe. Each was awarded between $350,000 and $2.5 million.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the winners Thursday.

Two Chicago nonprofits ' the Community Investment Corporation and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest ' were among the winners. Both are involved in improving housing in and around the city, hit hard by foreclosures.

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