Arnold Ventures donations made to Harvard University

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Ventures_LLC
Best overview URLhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_Ventures_LLC
Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Websitehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.arnoldventures.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

Miscellaneous notes: This was formerly the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF)

Full donor page for donor Arnold Ventures

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page harvard
Websitehttp://www.harvard.edu/
Twitter usernameBOSCityCouncil
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University
Instagram usernameharvard
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Harvard+University

Full donee page for donee Harvard 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 42 240,000 925,500 18,785 39,777 89,888 150,000 196,489 240,000 507,563 593,110 800,000 2,141,762 9,753,699
New Initiatives 3 1,126,786 1,481,142 18,785 18,785 18,785 18,785 1,126,786 1,126,786 1,126,786 3,297,855 3,297,855 3,297,855 3,297,855
Criminal justice reform 11 198,369 333,158 24,000 24,000 147,197 147,197 157,566 198,369 198,369 339,034 582,956 828,987 1,017,058
Sustainable Public Finance 4 80,749 71,849 25,000 25,000 25,000 80,749 80,749 80,749 89,888 89,888 91,757 91,757 91,757
Health 6 195,493 1,800,115 39,777 39,777 76,363 76,363 195,493 195,493 227,796 507,563 507,563 9,753,699 9,753,699
Evidence-Based Policy 11 380,000 1,174,825 40,000 150,000 240,000 240,000 380,000 380,000 551,134 551,134 800,000 2,141,762 7,449,048
Science and Technology 4 725,000 586,786 155,000 155,000 155,000 725,000 725,000 725,000 733,571 733,571 733,571 733,571 733,571
Scientific research 2 196,489 1,905,713 196,489 196,489 196,489 196,489 196,489 196,489 3,614,937 3,614,937 3,614,937 3,614,937 3,614,937
Education 1 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110 593,110

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 2013
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 11 12,923,078.00 150,000.00 0.00 2,941,762.00 7,489,048.00 480,000.00 1,862,268.00
Health (filter this donor) 6 10,800,691.00 970,629.00 9,830,062.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New Initiatives (filter this donor) 3 4,443,426.00 0.00 3,297,855.00 1,126,786.00 18,785.00 0.00 0.00
Scientific research (filter this donor) 2 3,811,426.00 0.00 0.00 3,614,937.00 196,489.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 11 3,664,733.00 633,428.00 1,411,943.00 1,017,058.00 554,304.00 48,000.00 0.00
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 4 2,347,142.00 0.00 0.00 2,192,142.00 0.00 155,000.00 0.00
Education (filter this donor) 1 593,110.00 593,110.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 4 287,394.00 0.00 114,888.00 80,749.00 91,757.00 0.00 0.00
Total 42 38,871,000.00 2,347,167.00 14,654,748.00 10,973,434.00 8,350,383.00 683,000.00 1,862,268.00

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 (42 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 42)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
39,777.00382018Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate existing barriers to the introduction of generic drugs for opioid use disorder treatment to the market.
195,493.00272018Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate policies intended to lower prices for health care services including a public option and price regulation.
227,796.00232018Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate the effects on spending and use of an employer-based reward program for patients that choose lower-priced healthcare providers.
507,563.00172018Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide technical support to community partners in state and local jurisdictions that are considering sugar-sweetened beverage taxes and other policies.
147,197.00312018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To analyze the impact of patient assistance programs on prescription drug pricing in the United States.
593,110.00132018Educationhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To create a database that will support research on the impact of charter school attendance on long-term educational outcomes for students.
339,034.00202018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct research on day fines in Germany.
150,000.00302018Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a research fellow at the federal agency level to demonstrate new methods in state-federal research partnerships and behaviorally-informed interventions.
147,197.00312018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To analyze the impact of patient assistance programs on prescription drug pricing in the United States.
76,363.00362017Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To educate key stakeholders about improving the treatment of opioid use disorders.
9,753,699.0012017Healthhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the operations of the Harvard HealthCare Markets and Regulations Lab.
3,297,855.0042017New Initiativeshttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center in its efforts to challenge predatory lending practices in the for-profit college industry.
828,987.0082017Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct a randomized controlled trial on the effects of legal financial obligations on criminal defendants' recidivism and other life outcomes.
25,000.00392017Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To host a conference and support research on state pension underfunding.
582,956.00142017Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a low-cost randomized controlled trial of a cognitive behavioral therapy curriculum for youth participating in Job Corps.
89,888.00342017Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct research and educate key stakeholders about the impact of local control on municipal public finance in Illinois.
1,126,786.0062016New Initiativeshttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help develop a litigation strategy focused on ending deceptive practices in the for-profit college industry.
800,000.0092016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Center for Public Leadership's efforts to evaluate a series of low-cost, high-yield interventions.
725,000.00122016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide general operating support to the Harvard Open Access Project.
733,571.00102016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the continuation of the Coding for Cancer initiative, the development of a plan to support future open innovation challenges, and the creation of a preliminary plan for an open innovation center that will coordinate future efforts across health care topics.
1,017,058.0072016Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund grantee's Criminal Justice Policy Program.
80,749.00352016Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To promote best practices that can help governments achieve operational excellence in a cost-efficient manner.
2,141,762.0052016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and support a network of government chief data officers.
3,614,937.0032016Scientific research/research integrityhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To help create the Access to Justice Lab, which will promote the use of rigorous evidence about what works in the legal system.
733,571.00102016Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund the continuation of the Coding for Cancer initiative, the development of a plan to support future open innovation challenges, and the creation of a preliminary plan for an open innovation center that will coordinate future efforts across health care topics.
18,785.00422015New Initiativeshttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To identify reforms that address the unfair practices of for-profit colleges.
198,369.00242015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To promote evidence-based decision making at all levels of government.
157,566.00282015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct a randomized controlled trial of the Public Safety Assessment.
40,000.00372015Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop ideas for future experimental interventions related to housing voucher programs.
91,757.00332015Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To expand access to research about public sector retirement systems.
7,449,048.0022015Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab.
196,489.00262015Scientific research/research integrityhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct a randomized controlled trial on a teacher training program.
198,369.00242015Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To promote evidence-based decision making at all levels of government.
155,000.00292014Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To sponsor a conference on data sharing in medical clinical trials.
24,000.00402014Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a randomized controlled trial of the Public Safety Assessment.
240,000.00212014Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.
24,000.00402014Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a randomized controlled trial of the Public Safety Assessment.
240,000.00212014Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.
551,134.00152013Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Harvard Kennedy School's Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab.
380,000.00182013Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Equality of Opportunity project.
551,134.00152013Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Harvard Kennedy School's Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab.
380,000.00182013Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Equality of Opportunity project.