MacArthur Foundation awards $5.6 million to sustainability education
May 05, 2010
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants to 10 universities in eight countries to develop master's programs in development practice.
Schools were chosen based on factors including academic programs and exceptional faculty in various fields who are committed to sustainability. The foundation says these schools will use the funds to help students prepare to tackle global climate change and build sustainable business models.
These grants are part of the MacArthur Foundation's three-year, $16-million investments in development practice programs. Barry Lowenkron, vice president for Global Security and sustainability at the foundation, says, "today's global development challenges - from human rights to extreme poverty and climate change - are interconnected. Sustainable development leaders must be able to draw on our best knowledge across multiple fields."
The foundation reports that the funded universities expect to produce about 400 graduates with master's degrees in development practice within the next three years.
Notably, these grants boost nonprofit fundraising involved in both environmental initiatives and education reform. Other organizations may consider giving grants to schools with a social focus to help two nonprofit sectors with a single donation.