Arnold Ventures donations made to Brookings Institution

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Best overview URL
Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Donations URL
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

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)

Full donor page for donor Arnold Ventures

Basic donee information

Facebook page brookings
Twitter usernameBrookingsInst
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Brookings Institution

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 10 320,203 536,302 116,717 116,717 200,000 200,000 299,510 320,203 324,000 431,049 1,004,491 1,145,551 1,321,496
Health 2 116,717 719,107 116,717 116,717 116,717 116,717 116,717 116,717 1,321,496 1,321,496 1,321,496 1,321,496 1,321,496
Evidence-Based Policy 4 200,000 288,762 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 324,000 324,000 431,049 431,049 431,049
Sustainable Public Finance 4 320,203 692,439 299,510 299,510 299,510 320,203 320,203 320,203 1,004,491 1,004,491 1,145,551 1,145,551 1,145,551

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 Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 4 2,769,755.00 619,713.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,150,042.00
Health (filter this donor) 2 1,438,213.00 1,438,213.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 4 1,155,049.00 0.00 400,000.00 431,049.00 324,000.00 0.00
Total 10 5,363,017.00 2,057,926.00 400,000.00 431,049.00 324,000.00 2,150,042.00

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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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (10 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 10)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
116,717.00102018Health To analyze data and assess the state of student loan accountability, develop evidence-based policy solutions, and disseminate the findings.
1,321,496.0012018Health To evaluate the prevalence, drivers, and policy implications of surprise medical billing.
320,203.0062018Sustainable Public Finance To analyze the extent to which workers and retirees choose to allocate their retirement assets to annuities and other arrangements that provide regular income over extended periods.
299,510.0072018Sustainable Public Finance To identify new policies that are intended to improve retirement security.
200,000.0082017Evidence-Based Policy To support Evidence Speaks.
200,000.0082017Evidence-Based Policy To support Evidence Speaks.
431,049.0042016Evidence-Based Policy To fund grantee's visiting fellowship in economic studies.
324,000.0052015Evidence-Based Policy To support a series of weekly reports about education and social policy research.
1,004,491.0032014Sustainable Public Finance To fund the Tax Policy Center.
1,145,551.0022014Sustainable Public Finance To expand access to research about public sector retirement systems.