Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation invests in criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy, research integrity, healthcare and sustainable public finance. Its education program centers on the portfolio model of school governance.

IP TAKE: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation invests in criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy, research integrity, healthcare and sustainable public finance. Its education program centers on the portfolio model of school governance and has invested heavily in a pilot of this model in New Orleans. The foundation also invests in organizations that promote charter schools and the school choice movement. It does not accept unsolicited proposals but posts RFPs on its website.

PROFILE: The Houston, Texas-based Laura and John Arnold Foundation was established in 2008 by former hedge fund manager John Arnold and his wife, Laura. the foundation aims to strengthen the social, governmental and economic systems that improve people's lives through its criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy, research integrity, healthcare and sustainable public finance initiatives.

The foundation's education program centers on the portfolio model of school governance, a system in which schools have curricular and instructional freedom but are evaluated by independent auditors on a regular basis. Generally applied to charter schools, this model has been piloted in New Orleans, Louisiana, with positive school outcomes in its first ten years. In addition to making significant investments in the New Orleans school district, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation established the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University as a means of evaluating the portfolio model. Other grantees include organizations that promote the portfolio model, charter schools, school reform and school choice, including the Alliance for School Choice, the New Schools Venture Fund, Parent Revolution, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports organizations of all sizes that align with its initiatives; grants range from $10,000 to over $10 million. A complete list of past recipients is available on the foundation's grants webpage.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals but posts RFPs on its website. General inquiries may be made through the contact page.

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