American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences


To expand access to public sector retirement research and To conduct research on teachers’ pensions in an effort to identify ways to improve fiscal sustainability of state pension systems.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/

Lucy Burns Institute, Inc.


To support the creation of a database of laws related to municipal pension initiatives and referendums.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants

Mercatus Center, Inc.


To develop an actuarial model that measures state public pension liabilities and future costs of paying promised benefits.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


To conduct research and raise awareness about pension plans for teachers in charter schools.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/

National Council on Teacher Quality


To provide state-by-state analyses of teacher retirement systems and study improvements related to financial stability.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants

President and Fellows of Harvard College - 3


To conduct research and educate key stakeholders about the impact of local control on municipal public finance in Illinois.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/

Reason Foundation


To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems and To support a multifaceted research, technical assistance, policy, and educational outreach project aimed at improving state and municipal pension systems.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants

Reason Foundation - 2

Up to $4,000,000

To support a technical assistance, research, and educational outreach project aimed at improving state and municipal pension systems.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants/

The Novim Group

Up to $1,250,000

To support the development of a website and mobile application that will cover the major public sector pension plans in all 50 states.

Source: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/grants


In addition to his extensive work in the states, Arnold has financed a series of anti-pension projects designed to sway the national debate on retirement security.  Much of Arnold’s national work focuses on developing anti-pension research at seemingly nonpartisan, independent think tanks like Pew Charitable Trusts and Brookings Institution. By using Pew and Brookings as a vehicle for research, the Arnold Foundation is renting their branding and credibility to further anti-pension aims.

Arnold has also worked extensively to further his anti-pension campaign by tying it to the education “reform” movement – another one of his causes.  He has orchestrated a public relations and research campaign to convince the education community and the public at large that a secure, stable defined benefit pension plan is somehow bad for teachers – financing reports from the National Council on Teacher Quality, Bellwether Education Partners, and the Urban Institute.

On the campaign side, Arnold finances right-wing groups like the Virginia-based Liberty Initiative Fund. LIF is tied to three (unsuccessful) ballot initiatives to end defined benefit pensions in Cincinnati, Tucson, and Phoenix.

Up to Total: $36,607,491