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.
From working phones for $250 gifts to leading a campaign to raise $250 million, Brandon Baker has a proven record of garnering philanthropic support to bring transformative ideas to life. Since August 2018, he has been leading philanthropic efforts and strategy at RAND.
In 40 years of practicing law, Lovida Coleman, Jr., built a reputation as a relentless seeker of justice and truth. As she watched protests in one city after another, she became convinced that RAND needed to get involved. She became a driving force behind a RAND venture to improve police–community relations.
Newt Minow is an attorney and former Chair of the Federal Communications Commission known for his speech referring to television as a “vast wasteland.” He came to RAND in the early 1960s looking for help with what would become one of his signature accomplishments, the development of communications satellites. He's been a part of RAND's story ever since.
Natalie Crawford is a senior fellow at RAND, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and president of the RAND Alumni Association. She holds the distinguished chair in air and space policy, a donor-funded position that allows her to conduct independent research beyond the scope of client projects and to mentor the next generation of policy researchers.
Frank and Marcia Carlucci serve on the RAND President's Council. In 2012, they established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School that has since sponsored ten first-year students. They also provide annual grants to promising researchers to give them the freedom to think beyond project work.
Thanks to generous support from the Cyrus and Michael Tang Foundation, a new Tang Chair in China Policy Studies will initiate and manage a research agenda on China's policies for sustainable growth, build partnerships with research institutes in China, and mentor China studies scholars at RAND.
Private investor Frederick M. “Ralph” Taylor established the Metanoia Fund nearly 30 years ago to support environmental causes and search for solutions to our warming climate. He partnered with RAND to identify and assess pathways to carbon-zero through a series of workshops that bring together researchers, philanthropists, policymakers, and innovators.
When the Saudi kingdom hired RAND in the 1980s to advise its information technology industry on the best bets for future investment, RAND researchers consulted expert Peter Norton to back up their findings. Norton has supported RAND ever since.
Dr. Pedro José Greer, Jr. channels his compassion for those in need into philanthropic support to help RAND address health issues and disparities. He has been involved in RAND's health policy work for nearly 30 years, serving in advisory and leadership roles.
David Wang's commitment to giving minorities and other underrepresented groups a foothold on opportunity drives his support of Pardee RAND. His gift of $500,000 has allowed the school to provide diversity scholarships and expand its diversity initiatives.
Charles Zwick was a researcher at RAND from 1956 to 1965 and director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Lyndon B. Johnson. His $1 million donation enabled RAND to create the Zwick Impact Fund, which helps researchers extend the impact of their findings.
John Seely Brown has been steadfast in his philanthropic support of Pardee RAND, the graduate school founded at RAND more than 45 years ago to train the next generation of cutting-edge thinkers and policy analysts. He has served on its Board of Governors since 2013.
Actress and self-described science nerd Morgan Fairchild is a member of RAND's Policy Circle, a community of donors whose support allows RAND to pursue research free of partisan or ideological constraints, and to ensure that research makes an impact.
Lloyd Morrisett has served RAND as the chairman of its board, as a longtime trustee, and as a reliable donor for more than 30 years. He also consulted RAND social scientists and child-development experts as he developed Sesame Street.
The Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chair will enable exceptional RAND researchers and faculty to be in residence at the school each year, allowing them to work on independent research and provide mentorship and guidance to students.
Rita Hauser is an international lawyer and philanthropist who, in 1988, met with Yasser Arafat to persuade him to recognize Israel and renounce violence. She has served on the RAND Board of Trustees; she helped establish the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy advisory board; and more recently, she helped fund RAND's Strategic Rethink project.
Terry Lenzner, chairman of Investigative Group International, is a member of the advisory board for RAND Social and Economic Well-Being. He launched the Lenzner Challenge Fund for Criminal Justice Research in response to recent events that highlight fractures in police-community relations.
Ellen Hancock has led the RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment (JIE) Advisory Board for three years; she has been a board member for seven. In June 2015, we spoke with Ellen about her experience on the board, how her long career in technology informs her service, and why she believes in RAND.
Longtime RAND supporters Donald B. and Susan F. Rice, for the third time, have established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Their most recent gift of $1 million was generously donated as part of Pardee RAND's Be the Answer campaign, which Don Rice chairs and which has thus far raised in excess of $19 million.
A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.