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Arnold Ventures’ core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.

Arnold Ventures, founded by Laura and John Arnold, is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

We are a team of more than 100 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. We work in four key issue areas: Criminal Justice, Education, Health, and Public Finance. Our work is guided by Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy.


Our core mission is to invest in evidence-based solutions that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice.


We focus on correcting system failures through evidence-based solutions. Viewing philanthropy as an engine of innovation, we identify problems, rigorously research them, and search for answers. Once an idea is tested, validated, and proven efficacious, we fund policy development and technical assistance to create change that outlasts our funding.

Arnold Ventures manages the giving for the various Arnold entities, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Action Now Initiative, and the Arnolds’ donor-advised fund.

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We strive to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice by investing in systemic solutions that will outlast our funding.
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Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.

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