Arnold Ventures donations made to The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior 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

Full donee page for donee The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior 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 13 251,054 649,559 29,827 88,995 88,995 99,923 160,080 251,054 251,054 432,547 694,901 904,365 4,930,270
Criminal justice reform 1 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827 29,827
Sustainable Public Finance 6 99,923 158,374 88,995 88,995 88,995 88,995 99,923 99,923 160,080 160,080 160,080 352,170 352,170
Education 3 251,054 399,003 251,054 251,054 251,054 251,054 251,054 251,054 251,054 694,901 694,901 694,901 694,901
Evidence-Based Policy 2 432,547 668,456 432,547 432,547 432,547 432,547 432,547 432,547 904,365 904,365 904,365 904,365 904,365
Science and Technology 1 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270 4,930,270

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 2013
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 1 4,930,270.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,930,270.00
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 2 1,336,912.00 0.00 0.00 1,336,912.00 0.00
Education (filter this donor) 3 1,197,009.00 694,901.00 0.00 502,108.00 0.00
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 6 950,243.00 352,170.00 277,913.00 0.00 320,160.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 1 29,827.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 29,827.00
Total 13 8,444,261.00 1,047,071.00 277,913.00 1,839,020.00 5,280,257.00

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 (13 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
694,901.0032018Educationhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the production of tools to help education nonprofit organizations evaluate the effectiveness of local charter networks.
352,170.0052018Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research in its efforts to increase transparency around public sector pension plans.
88,995.00112017Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Institute for Economic Policy Research.
99,923.00102017Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Center on Poverty and Inequality.
88,995.00112017Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Institute for Economic Policy Research.
432,547.0042016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Center for Education Policy Analysis in its evaluation of Ready4K.
904,365.0022016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the Institute for Economic Policy Research in its efforts to conduct research competitions designed to strengthen the body of high-quality research related to social insurance programs, tax policy, state and local government finances, retirement, education, and crime.
251,054.0062016Educationhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To expand the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Pension Tracker.
251,054.0062016Educationhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To expand the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Pension Tracker.
29,827.00132013Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct research on pretrial criminal justice data.
160,080.0082013Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support educational efforts related to the state of California's municipal public sector pensions.
4,930,270.0012013Science and Technologyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support the development of a center that is focused on improving the quality of medical research.
160,080.0082013Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support educational efforts related to the state of California's municipal public sector pensions.