LJAF’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible.
LJAF’s investments in K-12 education seek to advance the portfolio model of school governance, an alternative structure that promotes a decentralized administration, more school choice for families, and increased flexibility and accountability for educators.
LJAF supports initiatives that encourage governments and nonprofit organizations to help build the evidence base for social interventions and to consider reliable evidence as one of the primary factors in their decisions.
LJAF’s Research Integrity initiative aims to improve the reliability and validity of scientific research across fields that inform governmental policy, philanthropic endeavors, and individual decision making.
LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative works to promote fiscal sustainability and the effective oversight of public funds.
LJAF pursues a number of high-leverage philanthropic opportunities that fall outside of our existing programmatic areas.
In 2016, University of Washington sociology professor Alexes Harris’ book, “A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor” (New York: Russell Sage), gained national attention for its examination of the use of monetary sanctions in five counties in Washington state. Go to Blog Post→
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation's core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.