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MacArthur awards to nonprofit institutions

The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Thirteen organizations have been named recipients of the 2013 "Award for Creative and Effective Institutions" by the MacArthur Foundation and will receive between $500,000 and $1.5 million, depending on the annual budget of the organization. The organizations and the award amounts are:

—American Documentary, New York ($1 million). Produces and broadcasts documentary films on issues that spark reflection, discussion and civic engagement.

—Fundacion para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan (Foundation for the Survival of the Cofan People), Quito, Ecuador ($500,000). Empowers indigenous people to protect priority tropical rainforests and their homelands.

—Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University, Chicago ($750,000). Protects the rights and well-being of young people in the juvenile justice system and advocates for fairer laws and policies.

—Family Care International, New York ($1 million). Makes pregnancy and childbirth safer for mothers worldwide through research, advocacy and partnerships.

—Housing Partnership Network, Boston ($1.5 million). Enables peer learning and collaboration among more than 100 affordable housing and community development leaders.

—International Rivers, Berkeley, Calif. ($750,000). Opposes destructive dams in critical conservation regions and offers feasible alternatives to meet energy and water needs.

—Sin Fronteras, Mexico City ($500,000). Protects the human rights of migrants in Mexico.

—Socio Legal Information Centre, New Delhi. ($750,000). Provides free legal assistance to protect the rights of the marginalized in India.

—Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago ($750,000). Educates, mobilizes and empowers communities in Chicago to help overcome foreclosures and violence.

—The Stimson Center, Washington ($1 million). Builds bipartisan support for pragmatic approaches to world security though analysis and outreach.

—StoryCorps, New York ($1 million). Captures, shares and archives stories of a diverse range of Americans for future generations.

—The Tobin Project, Cambridge, Mass. ($750,000). Links multidisciplinary scholars and policymakers to generate research addressing real-world problems.

—Ushahidi, Nairobi, Kenya ($750,000). Pioneers free, open source software to collect and map information that advances human rights.