Arnold Ventures donations made to MDRC

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

Table of contents

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 mymdrc
Twitter usernameMyMDRC
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee MDRC

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 15 888,812 3,371,257 88,869 250,000 253,696 294,209 533,688 888,812 1,500,000 2,499,968 2,943,916 15,000,000 20,000,000
Criminal justice reform 5 650,637 1,093,589 88,869 88,869 88,869 253,696 253,696 650,637 650,637 888,812 888,812 3,585,932 3,585,932
Sustainable Public Finance 1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Evidence-Based Policy 8 1,804,132 5,418,864 275,000 275,000 294,209 533,688 1,804,132 1,804,132 2,499,968 2,943,916 15,000,000 20,000,000 20,000,000
Health 1 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000

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 2015 2014 2013
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 8 43,350,913.00 2,499,968.00 2,943,916.00 20,808,688.00 1,804,132.00 294,209.00 15,000,000.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 5 5,467,946.00 4,490,265.00 977,681.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Health (filter this donor) 1 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 50,568,859.00 6,990,233.00 3,921,597.00 20,808,688.00 3,554,132.00 294,209.00 15,000,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

Graph of spending should have loaded here

Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

Graph of spending should have loaded here

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (15 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 15)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
253,696.00132018Criminal justice reform To enable new cross-study analyses in order to inform the design and implementation of higher education policies and programs, by creating individual participant-level and study-level databases including data from past randomized controlled trials.
3,585,932.0032018Criminal justice reform To launch Phase I of the Scaling Up Community College Efforts for Student Success (SUCCESS) project to pilot and evaluate lower-cost student success interventions to improve such outcomes as completion and time-to-degree.
650,637.0092018Criminal justice reform To evaluate the Housing First with Shared Medical Appointment model in three jurisdictions.
2,499,968.0052018Evidence-Based Policy To evaluate the impact of Child First, a home visiting program for low-income families with young children at high risk of emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems and/or maltreatment.
88,869.00152017Criminal justice reform To assess the predictive validity of the Public Safety Assessment.
888,812.0082017Criminal justice reform To evaluate the Public Safety Assessment.
2,943,916.0042017Evidence-Based Policy To support a randomized controlled trial of Career Academies in California high schools.
275,000.00122016Evidence-Based Policy To support an ongoing randomized controlled trial of the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs model and its implementation at three community colleges in Ohio.
533,688.00102016Evidence-Based Policy To fund a replication randomized controlled trial of the City University of New York's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs at Westchester Community College.
20,000,000.0012016Evidence-Based Policy To study the impacts of preschool, summer curricula, and enhanced teacher training on early childhood learning.
1,500,000.0072015Health To support the Improving Contraceptive Options Now research project.
1,804,132.0062015Evidence-Based Policy To support the Expanding Children's Early Learning Project.
250,000.00142015Sustainable Public Finance To conduct research on Social Security Disability Insurance.
294,209.00112014Evidence-Based Policy To research policy questions about early childhood education and conduct an assessment of existing and proposed programs at the state and local level.
15,000,000.0022013Evidence-Based Policy To advance evidence-based policies that offer concrete, measurable, and lasting improvements to society.