Arnold Ventures donations made to National Academy of Sciences

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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 theNASciences
Twitter usernametheNASciences
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamethenasciences

Full donee page for donee National Academy of Sciences

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 12 303,738 375,206 20,633 100,000 113,976 200,000 254,960 303,738 384,403 538,316 692,000 749,161 828,349
New Initiatives 2 20,633 168,783 20,633 20,633 20,633 20,633 20,633 20,633 316,933 316,933 316,933 316,933 316,933
Criminal justice reform 8 254,960 330,569 100,000 100,000 113,976 200,000 254,960 254,960 303,738 384,403 538,316 749,161 749,161
Science and Technology 2 692,000 760,175 692,000 692,000 692,000 692,000 692,000 692,000 828,349 828,349 828,349 828,349 828,349

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 2013
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 8 2,644,554.00 554,960.00 303,738.00 749,161.00 652,292.00 384,403.00
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 2 1,520,349.00 0.00 692,000.00 0.00 828,349.00 0.00
New Initiatives (filter this donor) 2 337,566.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 337,566.00 0.00
Total 12 4,502,469.00 554,960.00 995,738.00 749,161.00 1,818,207.00 384,403.00

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 (12 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
254,960.0082018Criminal justice reform To host a workshop examining the role of the National Institutes of Health in prescription drug innovation in order increase patient access to products derived in part from federal research.
200,000.0092018Criminal justice reform To support the efforts of the Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic to increase coordination between the government, private sector, and nonprofit stakeholders..
100,000.00112018Criminal justice reform To support the creation of a roundtable group focused on facilitating discussions of ways to promote open science practices.
303,738.0072017Criminal justice reform To support the Committee on Law and Justice.
692,000.0032017Science and Technology To study the challenges of implementing open science in various disciplines and provide recommendations for how to address them.
749,161.0022016Criminal justice reform To support an Institute of Medicine research project that will study patient access to effective and affordable therapies.
20,633.00122015New Initiatives To support a meeting to develop a study on donor intervention research.
316,933.0062015New Initiatives To support the creation of an Institute of Medicine committee that will examine issues associated with research involving deceased organ donors.
828,349.0012015Science and Technology To improve economic research that relies on statistics collected by the federal government.
113,976.00102015Criminal justice reform To help improve eyewitness identification procedures.
538,316.0042015Criminal justice reform To convene a committee to study proactive policing practices.
384,403.0052013Criminal justice reform To help improve eyewitness identification procedures.