Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Grants for Crime and Violence

OVERVIEW: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports organizations that advance community and neighborhood safety by examining some of the root causes of crime and violence.

IP TAKE: This is very much a data-driven funder that supports interventions backed by rigorous evaluations.

PROFILE: Laura and John Arnold established the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) in 2008, the same year the couple signed the Giving Pledge in which they committed to giving away at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes. LJAFs main objective is to “[i]mprove the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.” The foundation works toward this broad objective by awarding grants through its Criminal Justice, Education, Evidence-Based Policy, Research Integrity, Health Care and Sustainable Public Finance initiatives.

LJAF's dedicated program, Criminal Justice, includes work toward policing, pretrial justice, prisons, and reintegration. As a top funder of criminal justice reform, LJAF's dedicated program "[a]ims to advance community safety and the values of equity, fairness, effectiveness, and racial justice." In the future, this program seeks to explore "[o]pportunities to accelerate progress in five key policy domains: Policing, Pretrial Justice, Community Supervision, Prisons, and Reintegration." To achieve its goals, the LJAF supports "[a]ctivities that foster research, policy reform, and evidence-based innovations." In addition to a complex and built-out program dedicated to criminal justice, the LJAF provides resources and news regarding the latest developments in this area of grantmaking and innovation.

To learn more about the types of organizations LJAF supports across all of its initiatives, explore its grants database. LJAF regularly announces requests for proposals on its website.

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