University of Colorado donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page cuboulder
Websitehttp://www.colorado.edu
Twitter usernamecuboulder
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Colorado_Boulder
Instagram usernamecuboulder
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=University+of+Colorado

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 16 76,238 289,331 11,000 25,000 32,500 32,500 72,030 76,238 84,000 150,000 150,000 489,628 3,000,000
10 50,000 69,003 11,000 11,000 25,000 32,500 32,500 50,000 72,030 83,000 84,000 150,000 150,000
Sustainable Public Finance 1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
Evidence-Based Policy 1 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238 76,238
AI safety 1 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400 98,400
Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness 1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Criminal justice reform 2 489,628 1,744,814 489,628 489,628 489,628 489,628 489,628 489,628 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee University of Colorado

Donor Total 2020 2018 2016 2015 2014 2007 2006 1999 1998 1996 1988 1987 1986
Arnold Ventures (filter this donee) 3,590,866.00 0.00 489,628.00 3,076,238.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Smith Richardson Foundation (filter this donee) 467,030.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 72,030.00 150,000.00 245,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (filter this donee) 148,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 32,500.00 32,500.00 83,000.00
Future of Life Institute (filter this donee) 98,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 98,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Walton Family Foundation (filter this donee) 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4,629,296.00 250,000.00 489,628.00 3,076,238.00 98,400.00 25,000.00 50,000.00 25,000.00 72,030.00 150,000.00 245,000.00 32,500.00 32,500.00 83,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 16)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project250,000.0032020-04Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness/COVID-19https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/global-catastrophic-risks/biosecurity/university-of-colorado-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-experimentsJacob Trefethen Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support experiments on the decontamination and safe reuse of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers (HCWs) treating COVID-19 patients. This effort is led by Professor May Chu at the Colorado School of Public Health with collaborators from academic research labs, professional PPE testing laboratories, and infectious disease hospitals around the world. The aim of this study is to identify simple, executable processes for decontamination of homemade masks, surgical masks, and N95 respirators that can be applied anywhere, from hospitals to low-resource settings, so that HCWs are protected. The results could inform PPE recommendations for HCW protection from bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: The grant is made around the time that COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, and around the time that efforts to fight the pandemic are ramping up. The grant page also highlights the credentials of the grantee: "Professor Chu serves on the WHO’s Expert Advisory Committee for COVID-19 and helped lead the United States’ response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic at the Office of Science and Technology Policy."

Donor reason for donating at this time (rather than earlier or later): The grant is made around the time that COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic, and around the time that efforts to fight the pandemic are ramping up. Announced: 2020-04-15.
Arnold Ventures489,628.0022018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a follow-up randomized controlled trial comparing full-day preschool to half-day preschool. Affected states: Colorado.
Arnold Ventures76,238.0092016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To research the long-term impacts of the Nurse Family Partnership program. Affected states: Colorado.
Arnold Ventures3,000,000.0012016Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To expand the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development initiative. Affected states: Colorado.
Future of Life Institute98,400.0062015-09-01AI safetyhttps://futureoflife.org/AI/2015awardees#Herd-- A project grant. Project title: Seth Herd.
Arnold Ventures25,000.00142014Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To research back-loaded retirement benefit designs and the impact of pension reform on teacher quality. Affected states: Colorado.
Walton Family Foundation50,000.00112007--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/walton-family-foundation--
Walton Family Foundation25,000.00142006--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/walton-family-foundation--
Smith Richardson Foundation72,030.00101999--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/smith-richardson-foundation/--
Smith Richardson Foundation150,000.0041998--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/smith-richardson-foundation/--
Smith Richardson Foundation11,000.00161996--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/smith-richardson-foundation/--
Smith Richardson Foundation84,000.0071996--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/smith-richardson-foundation/--
Smith Richardson Foundation150,000.0041996--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/smith-richardson-foundation/--
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation32,500.00121988--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/the-lynde-and-harry-bradley-foundation/--
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation32,500.00121987--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/the-lynde-and-harry-bradley-foundation/--
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation83,000.0081986--http://conservativetransparency.org/donor/the-lynde-and-harry-bradley-foundation/--