Arnold Ventures donations made to University of California, Berkeley

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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
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Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
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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

Country United States
Facebook page UCBerkeley
Donate page
Twitter usernameUCBerkeley
Wikipedia page,_Berkeley
Instagram usernameucberkeleyofficial
Medium usernameUCBerkeley
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee University of California, Berkeley

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 15 680,118 777,288 58,142 74,292 165,600 335,000 374,774 680,118 744,525 931,629 941,326 1,642,799 2,675,000
Science and Technology 3 408,719 382,326 58,142 58,142 58,142 58,142 408,719 408,719 408,719 680,118 680,118 680,118 680,118
Evidence-Based Policy 6 374,774 1,004,634 74,292 74,292 335,000 335,000 374,774 374,774 931,629 1,637,106 1,637,106 2,675,000 2,675,000
Sustainable Public Finance 2 165,600 455,063 165,600 165,600 165,600 165,600 165,600 165,600 744,525 744,525 744,525 744,525 744,525
Criminal justice reform 3 941,326 926,296 194,762 194,762 194,762 194,762 941,326 941,326 941,326 1,642,799 1,642,799 1,642,799 1,642,799
Health 1 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532 795,532

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
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 6 6,027,801.00 2,675,000.00 1,266,629.00 1,711,398.00 374,774.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 3 2,778,887.00 0.00 1,642,799.00 0.00 1,136,088.00
Science and Technology (filter this donor) 3 1,146,979.00 0.00 0.00 466,861.00 680,118.00
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 2 910,125.00 744,525.00 165,600.00 0.00 0.00
Health (filter this donor) 1 795,532.00 0.00 795,532.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 11,659,324.00 3,419,525.00 3,870,560.00 2,178,259.00 2,190,980.00

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 documents in reverse chronological order (0 documents)

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

Graph of all donations (with known year of donation), showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 15)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,675,000.0012018Evidence-Based Policy To advance the development of the California Policy Lab. Affected states: California.
744,525.0072018Sustainable Public Finance To conduct research on tax avoidance to determine ways to better design and enforce taxes. Affected states: California.
931,629.0052017Evidence-Based Policy To help establish the California Policy Lab. Affected states: California.
335,000.00112017Evidence-Based Policy To support the California Department of Education in its efforts to expand and implement the Career Academies program in low-income high schools across the state. Affected states: California.
1,642,799.0022017Criminal justice reform To research, develop, and disseminate online tools designed to reform the use of fines and fees in the juvenile justice system. Affected states: California.
165,600.00132017Sustainable Public Finance To develop a dataset of local government pension expenditures, finances, and employment data and research around the impacts of public pension systems. Affected states: California.
795,532.0062017Health To study the impact of extending reference pricing incentives to high-cost specialty pharmaceutical classes and physician-administered drugs. Affected states: California.
74,292.00142016Evidence-Based Policy To partner with the University of Chicago to study the impact of minimum wage policies on producer prices. Affected states: California.
1,637,106.0032016Evidence-Based Policy To fund a randomized controlled trial of a cognitive behavioral therapy program for individuals with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Affected states: California.
58,142.00152016Science and Technology To fund two meta-research projects submitted as part of the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences' competition. Affected states: California.
408,719.0092016Science and Technology To fund outreach activities for the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences. Affected states: California.
194,762.00122015Criminal justice reform To evaluate a pretrial supervision initiative modeled on the state of Hawaii's "HOPE" probation program. Affected states: California.
941,326.0042015Criminal justice reform To perform qualitative research on the impacts of pretrial diversion and detention. Affected states: California.
374,774.00102015Evidence-Based Policy To help enhance the Internal Revenue Service data infrastructure and to conduct research on topics related to inequality and opportunity. Affected states: California.
680,118.0082015Science and Technology To support the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences' competition to incentivize and encourage meta-research in economics and political science. Affected states: California.