Arnold Ventures donations made to Johns Hopkins University

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Best overview URL
Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Donations URL
Twitter usernamelja_foundation
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Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
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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 johnshopkinsuniversity
Twitter usernameJohnsHopkins
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamejohnshopkinsu

Full donee page for donee Johns Hopkins 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 18 388,053 803,657 128,597 154,524 218,170 302,625 318,000 388,053 449,889 500,000 940,607 3,586,034 3,693,484
Evidence-Based Policy 6 449,889 1,066,082 128,597 128,597 302,625 302,625 449,889 449,889 449,889 1,372,005 1,372,005 3,693,484 3,693,484
New Initiatives 2 154,524 202,875 154,524 154,524 154,524 154,524 154,524 154,524 251,225 251,225 251,225 251,225 251,225
Science and Technology 2 157,560 272,807 157,560 157,560 157,560 157,560 157,560 157,560 388,053 388,053 388,053 388,053 388,053
Criminal justice reform 1 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170 218,170
Health 7 500,000 985,688 315,697 315,697 318,000 397,721 397,721 500,000 841,754 841,754 940,607 3,586,034 3,586,034

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
Health (filter this donor) 7 6,899,813.00 2,598,058.00 397,721.00 3,586,034.00 318,000.00 0.00
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 6 6,396,489.00 0.00 0.00 2,703,005.00 3,693,484.00 0.00
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 2 545,613.00 0.00 388,053.00 157,560.00 0.00 0.00
New Initiatives (filter this donor) 2 405,749.00 251,225.00 0.00 154,524.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 1 218,170.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 218,170.00
Total 18 14,465,834.00 2,849,283.00 785,774.00 6,601,123.00 4,011,484.00 218,170.00

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 (18 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 18)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
500,000.0062018Health To develop and disseminate a standardized data structure for National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network data.
315,697.00122018Health To evaluate a family planning program administered in the Baltimore City Booking and Intake Center.
940,607.0042018Health To promote the adoption of a waste-free prescription drug formulary by private corporations in place of the current drug rebate system.
251,225.00142018New Initiatives To conduct research and develop recommendations to improve the United States Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network system.
841,754.0052018Health To provide nonpartisan policy recommendations and technical support to interested states related to reducing health care prices.
397,721.0092017Health To conduct a randomized controlled trial on impacts of school-based vision care services in Chicago Public Schools.
388,053.00102017Science and Technology To support the development of a tool that rates the transparency of evidence-based programs and social intervention evaluations.
154,524.00172016New Initiatives To support efforts to increase the number of organ transplants and reduce the number of individuals on the waiting list.
3,586,034.0022016Health To develop research on policy options that maximize access to and affordability of prescription drugs.
128,597.00182016Evidence-Based Policy To conduct observational research and planning that will inform the research design for the My Brother's Keeper School Success Mentor and Student Support Initiative.
157,560.00162016Science and Technology To support efforts to improve transparency at the Food and Drug Administration.
302,625.00132016Evidence-Based Policy To provide general operating support for the Center for Research and Reform in Education.
449,889.0072016Evidence-Based Policy To fund a study to estimate the impacts of school-based vision services in Baltimore City Public Schools.
449,889.0072016Evidence-Based Policy To fund a study to estimate the impacts of school-based vision services in Baltimore City Public Schools.
1,372,005.0032016Evidence-Based Policy To fund a randomized controlled trial of the My Brother's Keeper Success Mentors and Student Support Initiative.
318,000.00112015Health To increase the availability and affordability of life-saving drugs while maintaining incentives for innovation in drug development.
3,693,484.0012015Evidence-Based Policy To fund a randomized controlled trial of the Talent Development Secondary Diplomas Now program.
218,170.00152014Criminal justice reform To study the impact of the Affordable Care Act on public safety.