UPRIGHT CITIZENS: Who says being a good citizen doesn't pay off? iCivics, founded in 2009 by former US Justice, Sandra Day O' Connor, just received $750,000 as a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. It also received $530,000 from two earlier MacArthur Digital Media & Learning grants in 2010 and 2012.
The Washington, DC-based nonprofit teams up with companies like GlassLab and Filament Games to produce a library of 20 games like "Branches of Power," "LawCraft" and "Do I Have a Right?" iCivics claims they're being used by more than 60,000 US educators--including over 40 percent of middle school social studies teachers--and six million students.