New Schools Venture Fund donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of December 2019. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information

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Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 13 212,000 1,222,028 14,700 100,000 100,000 118,000 175,000 212,000 250,000 1,500,000 2,350,000 4,266,667 5,850,000
Education 9 150,000 737,374 14,700 14,700 100,000 100,000 118,000 150,000 175,000 212,000 1,500,000 4,266,667 4,266,667
4 800,000 2,312,500 250,000 250,000 250,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 2,350,000 2,350,000 5,850,000 5,850,000 5,850,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee New Schools Venture Fund

Donor Total 2016 2011 2010 2005 2004 2003 2002
Walton Family Foundation (filter this donee) 9,250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 5,850,000.00 2,350,000.00 800,000.00 250,000.00
Laura and John Arnold Foundation (filter this donee) 4,399,367.00 4,266,667.00 132,700.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 2,237,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 150,000.00 175,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 212,000.00
Total 15,886,367.00 4,266,667.00 332,700.00 150,000.00 6,025,000.00 2,350,000.00 2,300,000.00 462,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
The Outdated Study That Education Reformers Keep Citing2018-01-30Matt Barnum The AtlanticChan Zuckerberg Initiative Todd Rose New Schools Venture Fund Miscellaneous commentaryEducationArticle discusses CZI’s reliance on Bloom’s 2 sigma problem to justify its “personalized learning” approach to education reform. The article criticizes Bloom’s widely-cited paper for its sample size (“just three schools and a few hundred students”); for being outdated (so that the control group of “traditional instruction” “may have substantially changed”); because final tests appear to have been researcher-created rather than being standardized tests; and because the paper focused on traditional tutoring rather than the technology-based tutoring that CZI advocates.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (13 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Laura and John Arnold Foundation4,266,667.00122016Education Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Hewlett Foundation100,000.0022011-11-14Education For The Design Of An Open Formative Assessment Platform.
Hewlett Foundation100,000.0022011-03-21Education For The Teaching Channel To Develop And Distribute High-quality Teaching Techniques And Tools.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation118,000.0042011Education Grant period: 2011 - 2012. Affected countries: United States.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation14,700.0012011Education Grant period: 2011. Affected countries: United States.
Hewlett Foundation150,000.0052010-10-13Education For The Design Of An Open Formative Assessment Item Bank.
Hewlett Foundation175,000.0062005-01-18Education For Support For The Creation Of Education Sector, An Independent, Non-partisan Education Policy Center Based In Washington, DC.
Walton Family Foundation5,850,000.00132005--
Walton Family Foundation2,350,000.00112004--
Hewlett Foundation1,500,000.00102003-07-14Education For The NewSchools Performance Accelerator Fund.
Walton Family Foundation800,000.0092003--
Hewlett Foundation212,000.0072002-07-15Education For Developing Plans For The Technology Innovation Fund.
Walton Family Foundation250,000.0082002--