Our Funding

The Crime Lab provides our services to non-profit and government agencies at no cost to them. We receive our funding from philanthropy and state and federal sources who have no vested interest in the outcome of our evaluations.

Photo by Jason Smith.

Operating Model

We are not a “fee-for-service” organization that charges our government or NGO partners; instead, we receive funding from philanthropy. We also receive funding from the federal government sources, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health, in the form of peer-reviewed grants. Our role is to apply the science and let the data tell its own story.

Our Theory of Change

We design, test, and scale data-driven innovations to improve the public sector’s response to the dual challenges of America’s gun violence crisis and a criminal justice system that needs reform. We partner with philanthropic partners to provide seed funding to test these ideas. Once we have found proven approaches, we work to disseminate our results and direct public dollars toward innovations that work.

Visit our donation page to support our work.

To learn more about our funding needs, contact our Director of Development, Abbie Castiglione.

Our funders make our independent research possible.

We are thankful to our funders, without whom this work would not be possible.