Arnold Ventures donations made to University of Chicago

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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
Facebook page UChicago
Websitehttp://www.uchicago.edu
Twitter usernameUChicago
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Chicago
Instagram usernameUChicago

Full donee page for donee University of Chicago

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 24 196,130 573,620 50,000 50,000 79,530 100,000 155,071 196,130 233,162 236,643 825,103 1,750,000 4,499,222
Evidence-Based Policy 18 146,842 369,202 50,000 50,000 79,530 100,000 100,000 146,842 162,660 233,162 263,435 825,103 2,965,628
Criminal justice reform 5 236,643 1,074,248 199,367 199,367 199,367 199,367 199,367 236,643 236,643 236,643 236,643 4,499,222 4,499,222
Sustainable Public Finance 1 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000 1,750,000

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
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 18 6,645,629.00 233,162.00 3,311,758.00 2,738,049.00 200,000.00 162,660.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 5 5,371,242.00 473,286.00 0.00 398,734.00 0.00 4,499,222.00
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 1 1,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,750,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 24 13,766,871.00 706,448.00 3,311,758.00 4,886,783.00 200,000.00 4,661,882.00

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 (24 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 24)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
236,643.0082018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mental Health Emergency Alternative Response and Treatment intervention in Chicago.
233,162.00102018Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a low-cost randomized controlled trial designed to help the Fresno, California identify the most effective outdoor water restriction enforcement strategy.
236,643.0082018Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mental Health Emergency Alternative Response and Treatment intervention in Chicago.
100,000.00172017Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To provide technical assistance to policy labs.
196,130.00132017Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a research fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency.
50,000.00222017Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support a randomized controlled trial of a tutoring program for at-risk readers in early elementary school.
2,965,628.0022017Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To pilot a project aimed at improving outcomes for youth ages 16 to 24 who are out of school and work in Chicago.
199,367.00112016Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and study a pre-booking police protocol that diverts narcotics-involved offenders in Chicago to treatment.
50,000.00222016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate a tutoring program for at-risk readers in elementary school.
825,103.0042016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and support a network of government chief data officers.
79,530.00202016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To partner with The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley to study the impact of minimum wage policies on producer prices.
263,435.0062016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To study an analytical tool that predicts which hazardous waste sites are most likely to violate environmental regulations.
155,071.00152016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a randomized controlled trial of a job-readiness training program designed to address cognitive and social barriers to employment.
146,842.00162016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To fund a randomized controlled trial of a program that provides wrap-around financial, academic, and personal supports for low-income community college students in Chicago, Illinois.
1,750,000.0032016Sustainable Public Financehttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To support grantee's Harris School of Public Policy Center's efforts to enhance transparency and accountability in government finance.
199,367.00112016Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and study a pre-booking police protocol that diverts narcotics-involved offenders in Chicago to treatment.
50,000.00222016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To evaluate a tutoring program for at-risk readers in elementary school.
825,103.0042016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To develop and support a network of government chief data officers.
79,530.00202016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To partner with The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley to study the impact of minimum wage policies on producer prices.
263,435.0062016Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To study an analytical tool that predicts which hazardous waste sites are most likely to violate environmental regulations.
100,000.00172015Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To identify promising applications of machine learning techniques.
100,000.00172015Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To identify promising applications of machine learning techniques.
4,499,222.0012014Criminal justice reformhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To establish a New York City hub for the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
162,660.00142014Evidence-Based Policyhttps://www.arnoldventures.org/grants/-- To train scholars in the field experiment method and promote field experiment research.