About

PensionSecurity.org was developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) as part of its effort to help cities and states develop pension systems that are affordable, sustainable, and secure. LJAF works with jurisdictions to help them assess the true magnitude of their pension problems and analyze structural reforms that would protect workers and taxpayers. For more information about LJAF, please visit www.arnoldfoundation.org.

 

Funding Commitments

LJAF has committed more than $30 million to grantees and consultants whose work is related to pension systems. This page includes a listing of grant agreements that were executed between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016.

Recipient Term  Amount Description
Alabama Policy Institute, Inc.
2014 – 2015 $78,000 To support educational efforts related to public employee benefits reform in the state of Alabama.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences 2016 – 2018 $190,000 To expand access to public sector retirement research.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences 2014 – 2016 $542,193 To conduct research on teachers’ pensions in an effort to identify ways to improve fiscal sustainability of state pension systems.
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. 2013 – 2015  $743,700  To provide information about teachers’ pension systems.
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. 2015 – 2018 $805,787 To provide information about teachers’ pension systems.
Brookings Institution 2012- 2014 $501,003 To analyze improvements to public pension systems.
Brookings Institution 2014 – 2017 $1,145,551 To expand access to research about public sector retirement systems.
California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility 2011 – 2012 $150,000 To perform a financial analysis of the state of California’s public pension plans and proposed reforms.
Center for State & Local Government Excellence, Inc. 2013 – 2016 $997,979 To expand access to public sector retirement research.
Colorado Nonprofit Development Center 2016 – 2017 $100,000 To educate the public about how to provide a secure retirement for Colorado’s public employees.
Colorado Succeeds 2013 – 2015 $75,000 To conduct research about public pension systems in the state of Colorado.
Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies 2013 – 2014 $102,464 To analyze information about public sector pension reform.
George Mason University Foundation, Inc. 2013 – 2014  $693,600 To support two symposia on public pension reform.
George Mason University Foundation, Inc. 2015 – 2017 $1,851,300 To support symposia on public pension reform.
Georgetown University 2016 – 2017 $50,000 To fund a research study that will quantify the extent to which annual employer-funded pension earnings are inequitably deployed across teachers in schools with large urban districts in five states.
James Madison Institute 2011 $186,500 To support educational efforts related to public employee benefits reform in the state of Florida.
James Madison Institute 2011 – 2012  $79,000 To support educational efforts related to public employee benefits reform in the state of Florida.
Kansas Policy Institute 2011 $10,000 To conduct research about the pension benefit structure for public employees in the state of Kansas.
Lucy Burns Institute, Inc. 2012 – 2015 $282,500 To support the creation of a database of laws related to municipal pension initiatives and referendums.
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. 2011 – 2012  $37,162  To publish a report about the defined contribution retirement systems used by the State University of New York and the City University of New York.
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Inc. 2012 – 2013 $30,250 To study teacher compensation structures in the 10 largest U.S. school districts.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 2016 – 2018 $200,000 To conduct research and raise awareness about pension plans for teachers in charter schools.
National Council on Teacher Quality, Inc. 2013 – 2015 $90,000 To provide state-by-state analyses of teacher retirement systems and study improvements related to financial stability.
National Council on Teacher Quality, Inc. 2013 – 2014 $20,000 To support a meeting focused on the fiscal stability of teacher retirement systems.
National Council on Teacher Quality, Inc. 2014 – 2016 $152,520 To support efforts to assess and improve teacher retirement systems.
National Council on Teacher Quality, Inc. 2015 – 2017 $206,000 To provide information about teachers’ pension systems.
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, Inc. 2013 – 2014 $50,000 To analyze the state of Oklahoma’s pension plans.
Pew Charitable Trusts 2015 – 2019 $4,850,000 To support the Public Sector Retirement Systems project.
Pew Charitable Trusts 2012 – 2015 $4,850,000 To support the Public Sector Retirement Systems project.
President and Fellows of Harvard College 2015 – 2016 $96,753 To expand access to research about public sector retirement systems.
Reason Foundation 2013 – 2017 $2,013,000 To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
Reason Foundation 2016 – 2018 $1,500,000 To support a multifaceted research, technical assistance, policy, and educational outreach project aimed at improving state and municipal pension systems.
State of California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program Fund 2014 – 2015  $500,000 To support the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board’s studies on retirement security for private sector workers.
State of Connecticut 2015 $250,000 To assist the state in addressing retirement security for private sector workers who lack access to workplace retirement savings plans.
State of Connecticut 2015 $250,000 To assist the state in addressing retirement security for private sector workers who lack access to workplace retirement savings plans.
Texas Public Policy Foundation 2015 – 2017 $50,000 To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University 2013 $160,080 To support educational efforts related to the state of California’s municipal public sector pensions.
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University 2016 – 2017 $252,823 To expand the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Pension Tracker.
The Novim Group 2013 $250,000 To support the development of a website and mobile application about public sector pension plans.
The Novim Group 2013 $250,000 To support the development of a website and mobile application about public sector pension plans.
The Novim Group 2013 – 2014 $750,000 To support the development of a website and mobile application about public sector pension plans.
The Research Foundation of State University of New York 2014 – 2017 Up to $1,000,000 To help expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute 2011 – 2013 $105,000 To publish a report about the state of Florida’s teacher retirement policies.
Trustees of Boston College 2014 – 2016 $16,000 To support the collection of data related to public retirement plans.
Trustees of Boston College 2016 – 2017 $129,130 To support research on the impact of government sponsored automatic individual retirement accounts for private sector workers who do not have access to workplace retirement savings plans.
University of Colorado Foundation 2014 $25,000 To research back-loaded retirement benefit designs and the impact of pension reform on teacher quality.
University of Houston 2014 $21,780 To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
University of Missouri 2014 – 2017 $508,824 To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
University of Washington Foundation 2013 – 2014 $25,204 To conduct research on teachers’ pensions in an effort to identify ways to improve fiscal sustainability of state pension systems.
Urban Institute 2013 – 2014 $483,525 To expand access to information about public sector retirement systems.
Washington Policy Center 2013 – 2014 $25,000 To analyze the city of Seattle, Washington’s retirement plan.