Arnold Ventures donations made to University of Pennsylvania

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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 UnivPennsylvania
Twitter usernamePenn
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameuofpenn

Full donee page for donee University of Pennsylvania

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 7 329,060 1,278,994 67,000 67,000 213,574 247,706 247,706 329,060 648,065 648,065 832,119 6,615,437 6,615,437
Criminal justice reform 3 247,706 214,589 67,000 67,000 67,000 67,000 247,706 247,706 247,706 329,060 329,060 329,060 329,060
Health 1 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574 213,574
Education 1 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065 648,065
Evidence-Based Policy 1 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119 832,119
Sustainable Public Finance 1 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437 6,615,437

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 2011
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 1 6,615,437.00 0.00 6,615,437.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 1 832,119.00 0.00 0.00 832,119.00 0.00 0.00
Education (filter this donor) 1 648,065.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 648,065.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 3 643,766.00 0.00 0.00 576,766.00 67,000.00 0.00
Health (filter this donor) 1 213,574.00 213,574.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 8,952,961.00 213,574.00 6,615,437.00 1,408,885.00 67,000.00 648,065.00

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 (7 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
213,574.0062018Health To pilot a method of systematically collecting data about public and private healthcare payment practices to improve treatment of opioid use disorder. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
6,615,437.0012017Sustainable Public Finance To support the expansion of the Penn Wharton Budget Model, which analyzes the economic and budgetary impact of federal budget policy reform proposals. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
329,060.0042016Criminal justice reform To fund a randomized controlled trial of an informational tool for public defenders designed to reduce sentencing disparities. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
832,119.0022016Evidence-Based Policy To support the first phase of the Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy Innovation project. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
247,706.0052016Criminal justice reform To fund a study of the effects of vertical and horizontal defense representation models on case and criminal justice outcomes. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
67,000.0072013Criminal justice reform To develop tools to assist law enforcement agencies and courts in responding to incidents of domestic violence. Affected states: Pennsylvania.
648,065.0032011Education To develop high-quality teachers in the Aldine Independent School District in Texas. Affected states: Pennsylvania.