Laura and John Arnold Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Scientific research)

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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 967 357,568 1,143,955 2,587 60,000 115,000 193,970 259,034 357,568 507,563 802,750 1,372,005 2,697,998 72,651,000
Evidence-Based Policy 213 431,049 1,189,666 2,587 95,708 148,520 210,000 299,843 431,049 570,900 884,314 1,539,835 2,850,000 20,000,000
Health 118 489,230 1,484,396 4,000 66,710 145,367 210,452 318,000 489,230 597,880 1,060,500 1,774,371 3,958,828 23,199,064
Sustainable Public Finance 118 250,000 712,683 9,000 44,758 80,749 100,000 152,520 250,000 352,170 513,965 805,787 1,750,000 10,912,336
Criminal justice reform 216 294,631 543,073 9,366 50,000 98,182 171,003 232,152 294,631 348,411 497,575 791,000 1,369,931 4,499,222
New Initiatives 88 340,500 1,149,006 9,650 36,180 88,700 185,474 280,000 340,500 543,429 1,000,000 1,863,512 3,297,855 12,000,000
Education 138 593,110 2,117,542 10,000 79,059 150,000 291,088 400,277 593,110 1,000,000 1,533,196 2,000,000 4,500,000 72,651,000
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
Scientific research 9 210,028 648,128 54,226 54,226 71,524 134,337 196,489 210,028 393,963 475,520 682,132 3,614,937 3,614,937

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 2016 2015 2014 2013
Scientific research (filter this donor) 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00
Total 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00

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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 2016 2015 2014 2013
Scientific research/research integrity 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00
Classified total 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2016 2015 2014 2013
Harvard University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,811,426.00 3,614,937.00 196,489.00 0.00 0.00
Mathematica Policy Research (filter this donor) WP 682,132.00 682,132.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Match Foundation (filter this donor) 475,520.00 0.00 475,520.00 0.00 0.00
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 465,487.00 0.00 0.00 393,963.00 71,524.00
University of Missouri (filter this donor) WP Site 210,028.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 210,028.00
Brigham & Women?s Hospital (filter this donor) 134,337.00 0.00 0.00 134,337.00 0.00
University of California, San Diego (filter this donor) 54,226.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 54,226.00
Total -- -- 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00

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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 2016 2015 2014 2013
United States 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00
Classified total 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 7 5,833,156.00 4,297,069.00 672,009.00 528,300.00 335,778.00

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

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Daniel May: "Open Science: little room for more funding."2017-02-15Daniel May Oxford Prioritisation ProjectOxford Prioritisation Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation Open Philanthropy Project Review of current state of cause areaScientific researchThe summary states: "I consider open science as a cause area, by reviewing Open Phil’s published work, as well as some popular articles and research, and assessing the field for scale, neglectedness, and tractability. I conclude that the best giving opportunities will likely be filled by foundations such as LJAF and Open Phil, and recommend that the Oxford Prioritisation Project focusses elsewhere." Also available as a Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/document/d/13wsMAugRacu52EPZo6-7NJh4QuYayKyIbjChwU0KsVU/edit?usp=sharing and at the Effective Altruism Forum at http://effective-altruism.com/ea/17g/daniel_may_open_science_little_room_for_more/ (10 comments)

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (9 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 967)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Mathematica Policy Research682,132.006382016Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University3,614,937.008992016Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University196,489.002962015Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2016. Affected countries: United States.
The Match Foundation475,520.005452015Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015. Affected countries: United States.
Brigham & Women?s Hospital134,337.002182014Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology393,963.005042014Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology71,524.001132013Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2014. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts.
University of California, San Diego54,226.00902013Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of Missouri210,028.003292013Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Missouri.

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 2 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
Open Philanthropy Project 16 2 47 0.0426 0.087 0.0131
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 35 2 66 0.0303 0.0588 0.0131