Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donations made

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username chanzuckerberginitiative
Page on philosophy informing donations
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteManual (no scripts used)

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (11 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Disrupting Bail: An Innovative Criminal Justice Reform Idea Gains Momentum—And Funders2018-05-22Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropySandler Foundation Laura and John Arnold Foundation Heising-Simons Foundation Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Pershing Square Foundation Ford Foundation MaArthur Foundation Open Society Foundations Bail Project Bronx Freedom Fund Measures for Justice Civil Rights Corps Misdemeanor Justice Project JustLeadershipUSA Families Against Mandatory Minimums Review of current state of cause areaCriminal justice reform/bail reformThe article discusses the premise behind bail reform in the context of the United States criminal justice system: people temporarily put in prison often cannot get bail because they lack the funds needed to post as bond. By providing them these funds, they have to spend less time in local jails, and are also in a better position to get legal representation and turn down unfavorable plea deals
With the Backing of Top Funders, This Group is Taking the Criminal Justice System to Court2018-04-24Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropyMacArthur Foundation Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Civil Rights Corps Evaluator review of doneeCriminal justice reform/litigationThe article describes the efforts of Civil Rights Corps, an organization dedicated to challenging criminal justice abuses in court. It includes the Open Philanthropy Project and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative among its funders
The Outdated Study That Education Reformers Keep Citing2018-01-30Matt Barnum The AtlanticChan Zuckerberg Initiative Todd Rose New Schools Venture Fund Miscellaneous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criticizes Bloom’s widely-cited paper for its sample size (“just three schools and a few hundred students”); for being outdated (so that the control group of “traditional instruction” “may have substantially changed”); because final tests appear to have been researcher-created rather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.
Facebook Founder’s Favor Comes With Complications2017-11-23Nellie Bowles The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Project WeHope Primary School Miscellaneous commentaryEducationArticle covers controversy surrounding CZI as it tries to build the Primary School, “a private institution for low-income children”.
Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can2017-10-20David Gelles The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Open Society Foundations Bloomberg Philanthropies Ford Foundation Miscellaneous commentaryArticle covers several “new megadonors” including Soros, Gates, and Zuckerberg, and compares them to the older generation of “big philanthropy” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford).
The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools2017-06-06Natasha Singer The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Silicon Valley Community Foundation Reed Hastings Marc Benioff Miscellaneous commentaryEducationArticle covers the influence of tech giant donors on schools.
Will Personalized Learning Become the New Normal?2017-03-29Tim Newcomb The AtlanticChan Zuckerberg Initiative Lighthouse Schools Miscellaneous commentaryEducationArticle covers Rhode Island’s focus on personalized-learning programs, including the Lighthouse program funded in part by CZI.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Builds Political Muscle for Philanthropic Work2017-01-10Mike Isaac The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Miscellaneous commentaryArticle reports that David Plouffe has joined CZI and that a new public policy advisory board led by Kenneth Mehlman is formed.
The Zuckerberg Chan Initiative Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds2016-09-22Sarah Zhang The AtlanticChan Zuckerberg Initiative Miscellaneous commentaryBiomedical researchArticle discusses the CZI announcement to “cure all diseases”.
I want to thank you all for your heartwarming …2015-12-03Mark Zuckerberg Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Startup:Education Breakthrough Energy Coalition Broad donor strategyZuckerberg explains why the CZI is structured as a limited liability company rather than a traditional foundation. The New Yorker links to this post in “Mark Zuckerberg and the Rise of Philanthrocapitalism”
Mark Zuckerberg’s Philanthropy Uses L.L.C. for More Control2015-12-02Natasha Singer Mike Isaac The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Third-party coverage of donor strategyArticle discusses CZI’s status as a limited liability company.

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