Arnold Ventures donations made to Urban Institute

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Basic donor information

Country United States
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Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Donations URL
Twitter usernamelja_foundation
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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

Facebook page urbaninstitute
Twitter usernameurbaninstitute
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Urban Institute

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 27 483,525 1,206,951 70,621 98,182 176,358 306,361 360,241 483,525 700,000 741,482 1,057,227 1,541,345 10,912,336
Sustainable Public Finance 22 483,525 1,029,216 70,621 149,617 176,358 263,803 360,241 483,525 700,000 749,668 1,057,227 1,236,482 10,912,336
Criminal justice reform 2 98,182 202,272 98,182 98,182 98,182 98,182 98,182 98,182 306,361 306,361 306,361 306,361 306,361
Evidence-Based Policy 2 404,708 4,419,302 404,708 404,708 404,708 404,708 404,708 404,708 8,433,895 8,433,895 8,433,895 8,433,895 8,433,895
New Initiatives 1 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766 701,766

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 2013
Sustainable Public Finance (filter this donor) 22 22,642,759.00 5,126,532.00 0.00 13,424,617.00 1,888,078.00 1,236,482.00 967,050.00
Evidence-Based Policy (filter this donor) 2 8,838,603.00 0.00 404,708.00 0.00 8,433,895.00 0.00 0.00
New Initiatives (filter this donor) 1 701,766.00 0.00 701,766.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 2 404,543.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 306,361.00 0.00 98,182.00
Total 27 32,587,671.00 5,126,532.00 1,106,474.00 13,424,617.00 10,628,334.00 1,236,482.00 1,065,232.00

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 (27 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 27)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
409,872.00152018Sustainable Public Finance To analyze state-level data on prescription drugs used to treat opioid use disorder and opioid overdoses.
599,300.00122018Sustainable Public Finance To analyze the potential cost and coverage implications of introducing a healthcare public option and/or a capped payment rate program for private insurers.
1,541,345.0032018Sustainable Public Finance To support research on Social Security retirement and disability policy.
191,473.00212018Sustainable Public Finance To analyze the impact of the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on federal and state tax expenditures in the individual and corporate income tax systems.
87,886.00262018Sustainable Public Finance To advance the development of participatory justice.
332,840.00182018Sustainable Public Finance To examine the New Markets Tax Credit and provide recommendations for how it can be improved.
749,668.0082018Sustainable Public Finance To assess the impact of three community supervision policy reforms.
156,921.00232018Sustainable Public Finance To build on the work of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.
1,057,227.0062018Sustainable Public Finance To design and pilot a procedural justice curriculum for probation officers.
701,766.00102017New Initiatives To improve the value of higher education.
404,708.00162017Evidence-Based Policy To establish the Federal Evidence Forum.
1,188,237.0052016Sustainable Public Finance To develop an evidence-based policymaking collaborative.
263,803.00202016Sustainable Public Finance To help improve the fiscal sustainability of state and local governments.
700,000.00112016Sustainable Public Finance To collaborate with EdBuild, Inc. to support policy research, education, and dissemination efforts related to school funding policy.
10,912,336.0012016Sustainable Public Finance To fund the Tax Policy Center.
360,241.00172016Sustainable Public Finance To gather data on the state of prosecutorial decision making nationwide.
70,621.00272015Sustainable Public Finance To identify key research questions and potential projects related to the federal government's New Markets Tax Credit program.
149,617.00242015Sustainable Public Finance To support the creation of a tool to effectively obtain, use, and analyze Social Security Administration data.
176,358.00222015Sustainable Public Finance To fund the Tax Policy Center.
8,433,895.0022015Evidence-Based Policy To advance Pay for Success Financing.
741,482.0092015Sustainable Public Finance To help governments implement and evaluate economic development initiatives.
750,000.0072015Sustainable Public Finance To assist with the Pension Tool.
306,361.00192015Criminal justice reform To conduct research on police body-worn cameras.
1,236,482.0042014Sustainable Public Finance To fund the Tax Policy Center.
483,525.00132013Sustainable Public Finance To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
98,182.00252013Criminal justice reform To evaluate a permanent supportive housing project conducted by Travis County, Texas.
483,525.00132013Sustainable Public Finance To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.