Niskanen Center 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.

Table of contents

Basic donee information

Wikipedia page

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 9 360,000 390,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 300,000 360,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Environmentalism 3 200,000 233,333 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
Politics 4 400,000 512,500 250,000 250,000 250,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Migration policy 2 360,000 380,000 360,000 360,000 360,000 360,000 360,000 360,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Niskanen Center

Donor Total 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 2,750,000.00 1,000,000.00 400,000.00 750,000.00 600,000.00 0.00
Open Philanthropy (filter this donee) 760,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00
Total 3,510,000.00 1,000,000.00 800,000.00 750,000.00 600,000.00 360,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (9 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 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Hewlett Foundation1,000,000.0012019-01-17Politics For General Operating Support.
Hewlett Foundation400,000.0022018-04-06Politics For General Operating Support.
Open Philanthropy400,000.0022018-01Migration policy/politics Berger Grant over two years to continue to support work on immigration policy. Grant is a renewal of and is in recognition of the Niskanen Center growing its immigration program to $1 million/year, while also keeping in mind the expectation of no significant positive movement on immigration at the federal level. Announced: 2018-01-30.
Hewlett Foundation300,000.0062017-11-07Environmentalism For Climate Policy And Litigation Program.
Hewlett Foundation250,000.0072017-03-22Politics For General Operating Support.
Hewlett Foundation200,000.0082017-03-11Environmentalism For The Energy And Climate Program.
Hewlett Foundation200,000.0082016-05-18Environmentalism For The Energy And Climate Program.
Hewlett Foundation400,000.0022016-03-21Politics For General Operating Support.
Open Philanthropy360,000.0052015-10Migration policy/politics Grantee is a libertarian think tank looking to hire legal counsel. Followup conversation with grantee organization at on 2015-12-14 and again at on 2016-07-22. Announced: 2015-10-29.