Arnold Ventures donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Science and Technology)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Ventures_LLC
Best overview URLhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Ventures_LLC
Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Websitehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/
Twitter usernamelja_foundation
Regularity with which donor updates donations dataquarterly refresh
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)quarterly refresh
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)days
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/arnold-foundation-grants

Brief history: The foundation, started in 2008, has ramped up spending over time

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: The foundation is making big bets in its focus areas of criminal justice reform, education (K-12), public accountability (pension reform, United States), and research integrity

Notes on grant publication logistics: Grants are published on the grants page, which is updated quarterly. There are no individual grant pages

Miscellaneous notes: This was formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 67 486,000 1,098,430 25,000 77,183 155,000 197,727 300,000 486,000 692,000 914,634 1,442,723 2,000,000 13,015,934
Science and Technology 67 486,000 1,098,430 25,000 77,183 155,000 197,727 300,000 486,000 692,000 914,634 1,442,723 2,000,000 13,015,934

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 67 42 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00
Total 67 42 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Science and Technology 67 42 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00
Classified total 67 42 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 67 42 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Center for Open Science (filter this donor) WP 22,778,692.00 5,250,000.00 0.00 7,500,000.00 1,380,262.00 1,073,860.00 7,574,570.00 0.00
Children's Hospital Corporation (filter this donor) 13,015,934.00 0.00 13,015,934.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (filter this donor) 4,930,270.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,930,270.00 0.00
University of Minnesota (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,899,273.00 0.00 0.00 1,660,000.00 0.00 1,239,273.00 0.00 0.00
Brigham & Women's Hospital (filter this donor) 2,515,560.00 0.00 2,015,560.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Harvard University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 2,347,142.00 0.00 0.00 2,192,142.00 0.00 155,000.00 0.00 0.00
Vivli (filter this donor) 2,000,000.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Stealth Software Technologies Commercial (filter this donor) 1,996,840.00 0.00 1,996,840.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Aspiration (filter this donor) 1,850,000.00 0.00 1,850,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sense About Science (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 1,599,740.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 63,638.00 1,536,102.00 0.00 0.00
National Academy of Sciences (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,520,349.00 0.00 692,000.00 0.00 828,349.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
National Wildlife Federation (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,500,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Maryland, Baltimore (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,442,723.00 0.00 1,442,723.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Center for Advancing Innovation (filter this donor) 1,202,667.00 0.00 0.00 1,202,667.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of California, Berkeley (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,146,979.00 0.00 0.00 466,861.00 680,118.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Kaggle (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Geophysical Union (filter this donor) 978,324.00 0.00 978,324.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 972,000.00 0.00 0.00 972,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Society of Transplant Surgeons (filter this donor) 958,500.00 0.00 0.00 958,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Venture Fund (filter this donor) 937,000.00 0.00 700,000.00 237,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sage Bionetworks (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 914,634.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 914,634.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nordic Cochrane Centre (filter this donor) Tw Site 604,391.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 271,902.00 332,489.00 0.00 0.00
Johns Hopkins University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 545,613.00 0.00 388,053.00 157,560.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of California, Los Angeles (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 491,339.00 0.00 0.00 491,339.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The PubPeer Foundation (filter this donor) 412,800.00 0.00 0.00 412,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Arizona (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 357,568.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 357,568.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Novim Group (filter this donor) 340,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 340,000.00
Amida Technology Solutions, LLC (filter this donor) 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Center for Scientific Integrity (filter this donor) 280,926.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 280,926.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Public.Resource.Org (filter this donor) WP Site 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Aspen Institute (filter this donor) 215,219.00 0.00 0.00 215,219.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 185,000.00 0.00 0.00 185,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Center for Open Data Enterprise (filter this donor) 185,000.00 0.00 0.00 185,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
VI3C (filter this donor) 165,269.00 0.00 165,269.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Michigan (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 155,020.00 0.00 0.00 155,020.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 135,819.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 135,819.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Association for the Advancement of Science (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 98,888.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 98,888.00 0.00 0.00
University of California, San Francisco (filter this donor) 97,741.00 0.00 0.00 97,741.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Edinburgh (filter this donor) 82,859.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 82,859.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Society for Cell Biology (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 77,183.00 0.00 0.00 77,183.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Simon Fraser University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 70,037.00 0.00 70,037.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (filter this donor) 37,500.00 37,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 73,594,799.00 5,287,500.00 26,814,740.00 18,716,032.00 5,496,075.00 4,435,612.00 12,504,840.00 340,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (67 donations)

Graph of top 10 donees by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 67)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Center for Open Science5,250,000.0032018Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide general operating support.
Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology37,500.00662018Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To convene oncology journal publishers and other stakeholders to establish clinical trial data sharing standards and policies that facilitate the responsible and timely sharing of clinical trial data in oncology research.
American Geophysical Union978,324.00192017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and implement data-sharing standards for earth and space sciences.
Aspiration1,850,000.00102017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation.
Johns Hopkins University388,053.00372017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the development of a tool that rates the transparency of evidence-based programs and social intervention evaluations.
Brigham & Women's Hospital2,015,560.0062017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To analyze the current state of reproducibility of large healthcare database studies.
Children's Hospital Corporation13,015,934.0012017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a randomized controlled trial analyzing how carbohydrates, fat, and added sugar affect body fat and metabolism.
Simon Fraser University70,037.00622017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Public Knowledge Project.
National Academy of Sciences692,000.00272017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To study the challenges of implementing open science in various disciplines and provide recommendations for how to address them.
University of Maryland, Baltimore1,442,723.00142017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To improve transparency in clinical trials. Affected states: Maryland.
Stealth Software Technologies Commercial1,996,840.0082017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the development of free, open-source cryptographic tools that will allow researchers to securely conduct studies that use sensitive, private datasets.
National Wildlife Federation1,500,000.00132017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct research on the environmental and agricultural impacts of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
VI3C165,269.00502017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support value-based clinical trials designed to improve the affordability and sustainability of cancer therapies.
New Venture Fund700,000.00262017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
Vivli2,000,000.0072017Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To promote data sharing in clinical trials.
The PubPeer Foundation412,800.00352016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide general operating support.
American Society for Cell Biology77,183.00612016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a working group of scientists and policymakers aimed at improving the National Institutes of Health.
American Society of Transplant Surgeons958,500.00202016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a randomized controlled trial evaluating whether reimbursement of lost wages to living kidney donors results in an increased number of living kidney donor applications.
Amida Technology Solutions, LLC300,000.00412016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To facilitate the development of a free, open-source platform that will link disease registries for patients with cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
University of California, Berkeley58,142.00642016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund two meta-research projects submitted as part of the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences' competition. Affected states: California.
University of California, Berkeley408,719.00362016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund outreach activities for the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences. Affected states: California.
University of California, Los Angeles491,339.00322016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the continued development of DeclareDesign. Affected states: California.
University of California, San Francisco97,741.00572016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help develop a plan for increasing the use of preprints in the life sciences community. Affected states: California.
Harvard University725,000.00252016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide general operating support to the Harvard Open Access Project.
Harvard University733,571.00232016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the continuation of the Coding for Cancer initiative, the development of a plan to support future open innovation challenges, and the creation of a preliminary plan for an open innovation center that will coordinate future efforts across health care topics.
University of Michigan155,020.00532016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To promote the use of pre-acceptance publishing in political science research in an effort to improve research transparency and integrity. Affected states: Michigan.
Johns Hopkins University157,560.00522016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support efforts to improve transparency at the Food and Drug Administration.
Kaggle1,000,000.00182016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Data Science Bowl.
Harvard University733,571.00232016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the continuation of the Coding for Cancer initiative, the development of a plan to support future open innovation challenges, and the creation of a preliminary plan for an open innovation center that will coordinate future efforts across health care topics.
Public.Resource.Org250,000.00442016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support programs aimed at placing edicts and works of government that have been erroneously assigned copyright protection into the public domain.
University of Minnesota1,660,000.00112016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support efforts to improve the quality of health care news and information available to consumers. Affected states: Minnesota.
Center for Open Data Enterprise185,000.00482016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the development of a report on best practices for advancing open data policies and practices within the federal government.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology486,000.00332016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab's project to register and publish existing randomized controlled trials and train researchers on best practices in research transparency. Affected states: Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology486,000.00332016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab's project to register and publish existing randomized controlled trials and train researchers on best practices in research transparency. Affected states: Massachusetts.
Center for Open Science7,500,000.0022016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide general operating support.
The Aspen Institute215,219.00452016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the development of a blueprint for establishing the Food and Drug Administration as an independent federal agency.
New Venture Fund50,000.00652016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition's OpenCon conference.
New Venture Fund25,000.00672016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the launch of the Open Research Funders Group, a partnership designed to increase access to research outputs.
New Venture Fund162,000.00512016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide planning support for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
The Center for Advancing Innovation1,202,667.00172016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the creation of sustainable startups that accelerate the commercialization of inventions from publicly funded research.
New York University185,000.00482016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop a slate of nonpartisan reforms designed to improve reviews of federal agencies' rulemaking proposals to help ensure that new federal regulations increase social welfare. Affected states: New York.
Nordic Cochrane Centre271,902.00432015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct meta-research on clinical trial protocols in order to promote transparency and openness in medical research.
University of California, Berkeley680,118.00282015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences' competition to incentivize and encourage meta-research in economics and political science. Affected states: California.
Brigham & Women's Hospital500,000.00312015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the planning process related to the creation of a clinical trial data-sharing platform.
Center for Open Science77,952.00592015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help develop better publication standards for the fields of ecology and evolution.
Center for Open Science77,310.00602015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To examine the reproducibility of transcranial direct current stimulation effects.
Center for Open Science1,225,000.00162015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To encourage preregistration of scientific studies by offering monetary awards to selected researchers who publish studies that have been preregistered on the Open Science Framework.
Sage Bionetworks914,634.00212015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the digital mammography portion of the Coding for Cancer challenge.
University of Arizona357,568.00382015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a longitudinal study of how computer scientists share research artifacts in order to inform the creation of a web-based data collection system. Affected states: Arizona.
Sense About Science63,638.00632015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help preserve rigorous regulatory standards designed to ensure clinical trial transparency.
University of Edinburgh82,859.00582015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate the impact of Nature Publishing Group's new editorial requirements for research in the life sciences.
National Academy of Sciences828,349.00222015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To improve economic research that relies on statistics collected by the federal government.
The Center for Scientific Integrity280,926.00422015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the expansion of Retraction Watch, an online website and database that promotes transparency and integrity in scientific research.
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health135,819.00552015Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the Coding for Cancer lung cancer screening challenges.
Nordic Cochrane Centre332,489.00402014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct meta-research on anti-depressants in order to promote transparency and openness in medical research.
American Association for the Advancement of Science98,888.00562014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To foster open, reliable, and rigorous scientific research by sponsoring workshops on publication standards.
Harvard University155,000.00542014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To sponsor a conference on data sharing in medical clinical trials.
University of Minnesota1,239,273.00152014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help establish a center that will improve the quality of health care news and information available to consumers. Affected states: Minnesota.
Center for Open Science545,360.00292014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the creation of a new database of clinical trials.
Center for Open Science528,500.00302014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To improve transparency by providing consultation on best practices in data analysis and research design.
Sense About Science1,536,102.00122014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To inform the public about the value of greater transparency for clinical trials in medicine and other scientific domains.
Center for Open Science204,729.00462013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences and promote the Open Science Framework.
Center for Open Science197,727.00472013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To increase the reliability of scientific research through replication experiments.
Center for Open Science5,250,000.0032013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help foster open, reliable, and rigorous scientific research.
Center for Open Science1,922,114.0092013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To reproduce cancer cell biology studies.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University4,930,270.0052013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the development of a center that is focused on improving the quality of medical research.
The Novim Group340,000.00392012Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support efforts to conduct, publish, and disseminate rigorous scientific research.

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