They come from many walks of life—finance and the media, healthcare and computing, and more. They represent diverse political viewpoints. They live in different parts of the country. Some have had illustrious careers in government and academia. Others are charitable foundations. And yes, some are RAND alumni and former employees. Together, they have exerted enormous influence over the way we as a society live, the ideas we share, the issues we care about, and the institutions we trust. RAND is deeply honored by their decisions to make us a philanthropic priority.
The war on facts and diminished trust in institutions threaten the future of democracy. RAND responds to disinformation with excellent, nonpartisan research and analysis that inform policy solutions and restore civil discourse.
Former Labor Secretary Ann Korologos, a longtime supporter of RAND, has pledged $2.5 million to extend the reach and impact of its research.
A million-dollar gift from Daniel J. Epstein is funding a research project to understand what life is really like for veterans on the streets of Los Angeles, and what could help get them into permanent housing.
Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien gave more than $500,000 to the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support underrepresented minority students or first-generation college graduates. She named the scholarship after her parents, Edward and Estela, who inspired her.
Charles Wolf, Jr. was an economist who spent more than 60 years at RAND and was the founding dean of what is now the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He and his wife, Theresa, included a $1 million bequest in their estate plans to support the school and its students. It’s a commitment his son Tim plans to carry forward.
With a gift from philanthropic initiative Schmidt Futures, RAND researchers are looking into how technology—from cell phones to biometric screeners—could improve the lives of the world’s 69 million refugees, displaced people, and asylum seekers.
Molly and Mike Landi’s history with RAND dates back more than 40 years. They met when she was a librarian in the Washington office, and he was an up-and-coming researcher and new program director. Their $1 million bequest to RAND will endow a special fund for national security research.
Fred Pardee grew up in the shadow of World War II and has spent his life supporting the cause of human dignity and development around the world. He has given more than $22 million over his lifetime to RAND and the Pardee RAND Graduate School to support research on some of the world’s most pressing problems.