Arnold Ventures donations made to Vera Institute of Justice

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Best overview URL
Facebook username ArnoldVentures
Donations URL
Twitter usernamelja_foundation
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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 verainstitute
Twitter usernameverainstitute
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameverainstitute

Full donee page for donee Vera Institute of Justice

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 5 332,648 303,271 100,000 100,000 100,000 200,000 200,000 332,648 332,648 384,273 384,273 499,436 499,436
Criminal justice reform 5 332,648 303,271 100,000 100,000 100,000 200,000 200,000 332,648 332,648 384,273 384,273 499,436 499,436

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 2016
Criminal justice reform (filter this donor) 5 1,516,357.00 1,216,357.00 300,000.00
Total 5 1,516,357.00 1,216,357.00 300,000.00

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 (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
332,648.0032018Criminal justice reform To conduct research on the process and outcomes of 911 calls for service.
499,436.0012018Criminal justice reform To reform the user-funded justice system in New Orleans, Louisiana.
384,273.0022018Criminal justice reform To analyze the connections between jail and prison populations and create a publicly available dataset with corrections metrics.
100,000.0052016Criminal justice reform To conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the use of court-imposed fines and fees in New Orleans, Louisiana.
200,000.0042016Criminal justice reform To identify strategies to safely reduce the jail population in New Orleans, Louisiana.