Code for America Labs donations received

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donee information


Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 11 300,000 1,081,178 75,000 90,000 210,000 235,000 250,000 300,000 562,962 750,000 2,000,000 2,400,000 5,020,000
Communities 5 250,000 1,266,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 235,000 235,000 250,000 250,000 750,000 750,000 5,020,000 5,020,000
Criminal justice reform 4 300,000 838,241 90,000 90,000 90,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 562,962 562,962 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
Technology 1 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000 210,000
1 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Code for America Labs

Donor Total 2018 2017 2016 2013
Knight Foundation (filter this donee) 8,540,000.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Arnold Ventures (filter this donee) 3,352,962.00 0.00 562,962.00 2,400,000.00 390,000.00
Total 11,892,962.00 2,000,000.00 562,962.00 2,400,000.00 390,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (11 donations)

Graph of top 10 donors by amount, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 11)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Knight Foundation2,000,000.0032018-07-02-- Grant period: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020; goal: To support the Code for America brigade network, a national alliance of community organizers, developers and designers that are putting technology to work in community.
Arnold Ventures562,962.0052017Criminal justice reform To fund two fellows to support implementation of the Data-Driven Justice project in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Arnold Ventures2,400,000.0022016Criminal justice reform To develop, implement, and evaluate digital tools and services that can help to reduce jail populations and improve policing practices.
Arnold Ventures90,000.00102013Criminal justice reform To enhance the pretrial criminal justice system in New York, New York.
Arnold Ventures300,000.0062013Criminal justice reform To enhance the pretrial criminal justice system in Louisville, Kentucky.
Knight Foundation210,000.009--Technology Grant period: 01/14/2014 - 08/13/2015; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To extend and publicly launch Ohana API, a tool for organizing and publishing databases of social services available in a particular community. Launched in beta in San Mateo County, Calif., this Code for America project connects the public with community resources through one centralized database. Need help paying for food, finding affordable healthcare or connecting with a social worker? Ohana, an open source project functioning much like a 2-1-1 service, can help people locate the services they need, display them on a map and make them easily printable. This database unites information on health, human and social services that are often kept in separate silos, making localized results difficult to find. Exposing the data through a web API, the tool allows users to quickly access targeted community information through applications like search engines, smart phones, or SMS. With challenge funding, Ohana will enhance its service to build and host an easy-to-implement tool.
Knight Foundation750,000.004--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support our strategy of investing in citizen-centered solutions in three Knight communities by piloting the Code for America model, which deploys technology professionals to develop original solutions that engage citizens in community challenges.
Knight Foundation5,020,000.001--Communities Grant period: 12/10/2012 - 12/09/2017; goal: For Code for America's work focused on rewiring government to better engage with citizens using innovative technology solutions The self-described “Peace Corps for Geeks” is building a network of cities, citizens, community groups and startups committed to helping government work better for everyone. With new Knight funding, Code for America will expand one of its four programs to 13 communities. The organization, which has helped accelerate innovation in local governments, will also redeploy the successful apps and platforms it develops to more communities.
Knight Foundation75,000.0011--Communities Grant period: 09/23/2014 - 09/22/2015; goal: To support the launch of a Code for America 2015 Fellowship with Miami-Dade County government, which will be the first first CfA Fellows class in Florida. In Miami, Code for America will assemble a team of three fellows for 11 months of service to help address core civic issues. The fellowship will begin in January 2015, with a month-long training session in San Francisco, following which fellows will travel to Miami to take on a residency with local government. During the residency fellows will work with officials and residents to identify specific government challenges and devise ideas to solve them. They will then start developing technology solutions to tackle these challenges. Projects will be presented in October 2015 at the Code for America Summit.
Knight Foundation235,000.008--Communities Grant period: 06/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To build an online catalog of applications that local governments and community leaders can use to locate, understand and deploy the best available tools for community engagement.
Knight Foundation250,000.007--Communities Grant period: 06/14/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support a program that increases engagement and transparency in government by asking top developers and designers to become CFA fellows, giving a year of service in city governments, including two Knight communities.