MacArthur Looks Abroad for Big Bet Recipient

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation will place its $100 million “big bet” on an organization looking to solve a social problem outside of the United States.

The foundation whittled thousands of applications down to about 800 by the end of 2016, and has now announced a slate of eight semi-finalists for the grant:

  • HarvestPlus: Eliminating hidden hunger in Africa by fortifying staple crops
  • Internet Archive: Providing libraries and learners free digital access to four million books

MacArthur embarked on the 100&Change Initiative in 2016 with the intention of providing a single huge grant to “fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.”

MacArthur will eventually publish a database containing all of the several hundred proposals that came in.

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