Laura and John Arnold Foundation 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/Laura_and_John_Arnold_Foundation
Best overview URLhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_and_John_Arnold_Foundation
Facebook username Laura-and-John-Arnold-Foundation-177757582300684
Websitehttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.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

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 1,150,446 25,000 77,183 155,000 197,727 300,000 486,000 700,000 958,500 1,500,000 2,015,560 13,015,934
Science and Technology 67 486,000 1,150,446 25,000 77,183 155,000 197,727 300,000 486,000 700,000 958,500 1,500,000 2,015,560 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 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00
Total 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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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 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00
Classified total 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00

Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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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 22,783,328.00 5,250,000.00 0.00 7,500,000.00 1,380,262.00 1,073,860.00 7,579,206.00 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) 9,630,278.00 0.00 941,413.00 0.00 3,758,595.00 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
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
Harvard University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,613,571.00 0.00 0.00 1,458,571.00 0.00 155,000.00 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 1,146,980.00 0.00 0.00 466,861.00 680,119.00 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
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 604,392.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 271,903.00 332,489.00 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
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 486,000.00 0.00 0.00 486,000.00 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) 165,270.00 0.00 165,270.00 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 98,889.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 98,889.00 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) 82,860.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 82,860.00 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 -- -- 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00

Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

If you hover over a cell for a given country 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.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
United States 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00
Classified total 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 67 42 77,079,877.00 5,287,500.00 27,756,154.00 17,496,461.00 9,254,673.00 4,435,613.00 12,509,476.00 340,000.00

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 67)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Center for Open Science5,250,000.0032018Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2018 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology37,500.00662018Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2018 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
American Geophysical Union978,324.00202017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Aspiration1,850,000.00112017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Brigham & Women?s Hospital2,015,560.0072017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Children’s Hospital Corporation13,015,934.0012017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2021. Affected countries: United States.
Johns Hopkins University388,053.00372017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
National Academy of Sciences692,000.00282017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
National Wildlife Federation1,500,000.00142017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund700,000.00272017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Simon Fraser University70,037.00622017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Stealth Software Technologies Commercial1,996,840.0092017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2020. Affected countries: United States.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University941,413.00222017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2021. Affected countries: United States.
University of Maryland, Baltimore1,442,723.00152017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2021. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Maryland.
VI3C165,270.00502017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Vivli2,000,000.0082017Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2017 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
American Society for Cell Biology77,183.00612016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
American Society of Transplant Surgeons958,500.00212016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Amida Technology Solutions, LLC300,000.00412016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Data Enterprise185,000.00482016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science7,500,000.0022016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Johns Hopkins University157,560.00522016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Kaggle1,000,000.00192016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology486,000.00342016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts.
New Venture Fund162,000.00512016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund25,000.00672016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
New Venture Fund50,000.00652016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
New York University185,000.00482016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: New York.
Harvard University725,000.00262016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University733,571.00252016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Public.Resource.Org250,000.00442016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
University of Minnesota1,660,000.00122016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Minnesota.
The Aspen Institute215,219.00452016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
The Center for Advancing Innovation1,202,667.00182016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
The PubPeer Foundation412,800.00352016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
University of California, Berkeley408,719.00362016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of California, Berkeley58,142.00642016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of California, Los Angeles491,339.00332016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of California, San Francisco97,741.00572016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2018. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of Michigan155,020.00532016Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Michigan.
Brigham & Women?s Hospital500,000.00322015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science1,225,000.00172015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science77,310.00602015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science77,952.00592015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2016. Affected countries: United States.
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health135,819.00552015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2016. Affected countries: United States.
National Academy of Sciences828,349.00242015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Nordic Cochrane Centre271,903.00432015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Sage Bionetworks914,634.00232015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Sense About Science63,638.00632015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University3,758,595.0062015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
The Center for Scientific Integrity280,926.00422015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
University of California, Berkeley680,119.00292015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of Arizona357,568.00382015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2020. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Arizona.
University of Edinburgh82,860.00582015Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
American Association for the Advancement of Science98,889.00562014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science528,500.00312014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science545,360.00302014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Nordic Cochrane Centre332,489.00402014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University155,000.00542014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2015. Affected countries: United States.
University of Minnesota1,239,273.00162014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Minnesota.
Sense About Science1,536,102.00132014Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science1,926,750.00102013Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2018. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science197,727.00472013Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science204,729.00462013Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2016. Affected countries: United States.
Center for Open Science5,250,000.0032013Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University4,930,270.0052013Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
The Novim Group340,000.00392012Science and Technologyhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2012 - 2014. Affected countries: United States.

Similarity to other donors

The following table uses the Jaccard index and cosine similarity to compare the similarity of donors. We are showing the top 1 donors by the Jaccard index because we show up to 30 donors and show only donors with at least one donee in common.

Donor Number of distinct donees Number of donees in common (intersection) Union size Jaccard similarity Cosine similarity Weighted cosine similarity
Hewlett Foundation 49 4 61 0.0656 0.1429 0.1387