Alumni Impact Fund

The Alumni Impact Fund is designed to give the entire RAND family an opportunity to help extend the impact of top-flight RAND research and analysis. During the past three campaigns, we have collectively raised more than $335,000 to fund projects voted on and selected by contributing alumni.

Please join us as we launch the 2017 Alumni Impact Fund. Donations of any size get us closer to our $100,000 goal. We all strive to make a difference and leave a legacy, to improve the world through hard work and dedication. Together, we can strengthen the RAND community and further the impact of RAND's work.

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Michael Rich

I believe that RAND, more than any other research organization, can help policymakers solve the tough problems, like slowing the rise of U.S. health care costs, finding new strategies to counter the ongoing terrorist threat, helping communities throughout the world better prepare for climate change … If not RAND, then who?

What Is Meant by “Impact” at RAND?

As alumni well know, RAND research and analysis offers enormous benefit to society. But it does no good sitting on a shelf or locked away in an academic journal. We want it to be used to make a positive difference in the lives of current and future generations. That is, we want to have impact. Impact occurs when our research makes a demonstrable difference in

  • the formulation or implementation of public policy
  • the processes and practices that particular organizations, sectors, or society use to address policy problems, and/or
  • the methodology, techniques, and practices that are used to understand or examine a policy problem.

Why the Impact Fund Matters

Natalie Crawford

“Each of us has a stake in RAND’s legacy. Some have spent many years giving our time and talents to building this organization into the world-class institution it is. So let’s ensure that the world continues to see and use our best work.”

Read Alumni Trustee Lloyd Morrisett's appeal Read Senior Fellow Lynn Davis' appeal

Past Campaigns: What We Accomplished Together

The 2016 Alumni Impact Fund campaign raised more than $110,000. After putting out a call for projects that would have greater policy impact if awarded an infusion of post-research funding, donors who contributed to this year’s campaign were invited to select from among several projects. The winning projects take aim at stemming the opioid epidemic and deploy a RAND-developed toolkit to help community organizations counter violent extremism.

Read more about the winning 2016 projects

The 2015 Alumni Impact Fund campaign surpassed its $100,000 goal, raising more than $110,000. All contributors to the 2015 Alumni Impact Fund had the chance to vote on which projects the Fund would support. Donors voted to extend the impact of two projects: a tool to match veterans with high-quality civilian jobs; and a project to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

Learn more about the winning 2015 projects

The 2014 Alumni Impact Fund campaign exceeded its goal to raise more than $111,000. Donors to the 2014 campaign voted to support two projects: one, on the effects of potential changes to the Affordable Care Act; the other, on the use of long-range armed drones. With this support, the researchers were able to develop outreach strategies that engaged the media, Congress, and policymakers. This outreach translated into impact at the policy level.

Learn more about the winning 2014 projects