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 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
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 (6 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Behind a Big Bet by Top K-12 Philanthropists on a Different Way to Run Schools2018-08-09Caitlin Reilly Inside PhilanthropyLaura and John Arnold Foundation Hastings Fund The City Fund Third-party coverage of donor strategyEducationThe article describes the setting up of The City Fund, which is seeded with money from the Hastings Fund (a fund with the wealth of Netflix founder Reed Hastings) and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The article discusses how the Arnold Foundation has expanded its US education philanthropy strategy beyond charter schools to charter-like public schools. It also discusses how the Arnold Foundation is reducing its focus on education, and how its education team is moving over to the City Fund. The possibility of the Arnold Foundation spinning off its education program entirely is also mooted. Neerav Kingsland, who worked with both donor foundations (CEO of Hastings Fund, Senior Education Fellow at Arnold Foundation) will lead the City Fund
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
Betting on a New Model for Schools: Inside Arnold's K-12 Grantmaking2017-05-30Paul Perry David Callahan Inside PhilanthropyLaura and John Arnold Foundation Third-party coverage of donor strategyEducationThe document describes the United States K-12 education philanthropy strategy of the Arnold Foundation, which it describe as "promoting a portfolio model of school governance." The model is "based on policies that promote a decentralized administration and more school choice for families as well as increased flexibility and accountability for leaders and educators." Empowering charter schools is part of the model, but improving existing public schools (to incorporate some arguably charter-like features) is another part. The article relies on conversations with Neerav Kingsland, a Senior Education Fellow at the Arnold Foundation
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)
Forget Washington. Criminal Justice Funders Have Big Plans at the Local Level2017-02-08Philip Rojc Inside PhilanthropyOpen Philanthropy Project Laura and John Arnold Foundation MacArthur Foundation Third-party coverage of donor strategyCriminal justice reformThe post compares the criminal justice reform strategies followed by, on the one hand, the Arnold and MacArthur Foundation (working on the inside with government agencies and power players), on the other hand, the Open Philanthropy Project (keeping the pressure for reform from the outside). It says that the two strategies are complementary, and taken together, improve the expected amount of reform

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Mathematica Policy Research682,132.0022016Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University3,614,937.0012016Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2016 - 2019. Affected countries: United States.
Harvard University196,489.0062015Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015 - 2016. Affected countries: United States.
The Match Foundation475,520.0032015Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2015. Affected countries: United States.
Brigham & Women?s Hospital134,337.0072014Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology393,963.0042014Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2014 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology71,524.0082013Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2014. Affected countries: United States; affected states: Massachusetts.
University of California, San Diego54,226.0092013Scientific research/research integrityhttp://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/-- Grant period: 2013 - 2017. Affected countries: United States; affected states: California.
University of Missouri210,028.0052013Scientific 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