Arnold Ventures donations made to Duke University

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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 DukeUniv
Twitter usernameDukeU
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamedukeuniversity
Tumblr subdomaindukestudents
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Duke University

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 5 300,000 380,424 87,507 87,507 87,507 249,930 249,930 300,000 300,000 339,516 339,516 925,165 925,165
Health 4 249,930 400,530 87,507 87,507 87,507 249,930 249,930 249,930 339,516 339,516 925,165 925,165 925,165
Criminal justice reform 1 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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
Health (filter this donor) 4 1,602,118.00 249,930.00 87,507.00 1,264,681.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 1 300,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00
Total 5 1,902,118.00 249,930.00 387,507.00 1,264,681.00

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 (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
249,930.0042018Health To analyze access to and quality of medication-assisted treatment for persons with opioid use disorder in North Carolina.
87,507.0052017Health To assess the predictive validity of the Public Safety Assessment and produce open-source software.
300,000.0032017Criminal justice reform To analyze the Public Safety Assessment.
925,165.0012016Health To support the Center for Health Policy in its efforts to create an evaluation hub that will study the impact of reforms related to health care payment, benefit, and delivery systems.
339,516.0022016Health To conduct an initial study of how medication-assisted treatment impacts recidivism and other outcomes in Wake County, North Carolina.