MacArthur Fellows Include 5 Nonprofit Geniuses

September 30, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in News, Nonprofits

There are geniuses among us in the nonprofit sector. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently named five of them as it doled out its much-coveted fellowships, popularly known as “genius grants.”

And the nonprofit geniuses are:

Many of the other MacArthur fellows work in the nonprofit sector, including playwright Samuel D. Hunter (Partial Comfort Productions), historian Pamel O. Long (Princeton, Getty Research Institute, and Folger Shakespeare Library), scientist Mark Hersam (Northwestern University), and researcher Jennifer L. Eberhardt (Standard University), and physicist and brain researcher Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania).

The Foundation selects the MacArthur fellows based on three criteria: “exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.” The winners are selected through a regimented nomination process, the Foundation doesn’t accept applications or unsolicited nominations.

Each winner receives a $625,000 “no-strings-attached” fellowship over five years. They can spend the money as they see fit with no proposals and no reporting.

Want more genius in your day? Check out the other 2014 MacArthur fellows.

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Casey Summar, Partner, The Law Firm for Non-Profits,1812 W Burbank Blvd, #7445, Burbank, CA 91506

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