ProPublica 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 December 2019. See the about page for more details.

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Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee ProPublica in our system.

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee ProPublica

Donor Total 2017 2016 2015 2010
Knight Foundation (filter this donee) 5,966,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Hewlett Foundation (filter this donee) 1,050,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 150,000.00
Sloan Foundation (filter this donee) 125,000.00 0.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00
Isabel Arjmand (filter this donee) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7,141,500.00 600,000.00 125,000.00 300,000.00 150,000.00

Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (1 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Staff members’ personal donations for giving season 20172017-12-11Josh Rosenberg GiveWellElie Hassenfeld Natalie Crispin Josh Rosenberg Sophie Monahan Catherine Hollander Andrew Martin Chelsea Tabart Christian Smith Isabel Arjmand James Snowden GiveWell top charities Effective Altruism Funds No Lean Season Against Malaria Foundation GiveDirectly Causa Justa::Just Cause Planned Parenthood ProPublica Earthjustice Periodic donation list documentationGiveWell staff describe where they are donating in 2017. Not all employees are present in the document (participation is optional). Amounts donated are not included, per a decision by GiveWell

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

DonorAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Isabel Arjmand--2017-12-11-- One of a few organizations supported with 20% of the charity budget meant for causes of personal significance that are less impact-focused.
Hewlett Foundation600,000.002017-09-27Special Projects For General Operating Support.
Sloan Foundation125,000.002016Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Peter Gosselin; to research and publish data-driven systems investigations of the major trends, structures and programs shaping the lives of Americans age 60 forward with an eye to uncovering where these arrangements might limit opportunities or fail to adequately serve both 60-plus individuals and the broader society.
Hewlett Foundation300,000.002015-11-16Special Projects For General Operating Support.
Hewlett Foundation150,000.002010-03-25Special Projects For General Operating Support.
Knight Foundation5,000.00--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 11/30/2013; goal: To support the results of ProPublica's Kickstarter campaign for Investigating the Intern Economy, a journalism project looking at unpaid internships. Earmark: The Intern Economy.
Knight Foundation719,500.00--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 11/30/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a public, easily searchable index of original source documents on the Web Source documents are the foundation of investigative journalism. Yet, once used, the documents are often either locked away or thrown away. They are lost to further inquiry. In a few cases, source documents are placed on the Web. But those are in a variety of formats, difficult to search. This grant will create a new way to find, search, annotate and share documents among news organizations or individuals. It will be tested in New York in a partnership with the Gotham Gazette. The grantee will create an open standard for describing and sharing information about source documents. The project will take source documents beyond the limited search capabilities of the PDF format and make them an intrinsic part of the searchable Web. The software will be released as public, open-source code for use by others. We expect this project to make sharing and finding source documents easier through “fielded metadata,” indexing and other content notes about the documents provided by web users. This grant is being made to DocumentCloud, a new nonprofit formed by employees of ProPublica and The New York Times. But because it did […]. Earmark: Document Cloud.
Knight Foundation1,010,000.00--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 07/31/2012; goal: To create a sustainable business model for ProPublica ProPublica, founded in 2008, is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. To date, it has more than 30 full-time journalists in its newsroom, making it the largest new nonprofit investigative news operation in the nation. Its major investigations to date have included examinations of stimulus spending, gas drilling and nursing abuses. ProPublica is led by Paul Steiger, a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation trustee and the former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen serves on the group’s board. This grant will openly create a sustainable business model that draws on diverse funding sources, including institutional philanthropy, board contributions, individual contributions, corporate philanthropy, earned revenue and investment income. By the end of the grant, ProPublica will have a mature development operation, well along in implementing a diversified development plan. Future development work will be funded out of operating funds. It is expected that this model will allow ProPublica to continue its high-quality investigative reporting for the public interest. Ultimately, we hope its success in doing so will spur other emerging investigative journalism nonprofits. Earmark: ProPublica.
Knight Foundation2,208,000.00--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2015 - 07/30/2018; goal: To advance excellence in investigative and data journalism by improving ProPublica's audience engagement system, assisting journalists in localizing ProPublica's national investigations, and training journalists. Earmark: Audience engagement project.
Knight Foundation2,000,000.00--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 07/01/2015; goal: To support a rapid-response news applications team and associated training programs at ProPublica ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalism non-profit, will expand its industry-leading work in data-driven news applications with $1.9 million in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ProPublica’s team will provide more apps across a wide range of subjects, enabled by additional staff members and the continued presence of a reporting fellow. The funding also will create a job shadowing program for journalists from across the country. One journalist per month will spend several days at ProPublica’s offices in New York, undertaking “paired programming” by developing a news application and learning best practices in the field. Participants will be chosen by a selection panel consisting of Dan Sinker, head of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership, Clay Shirky, New York University professor and author, Scott Klein, editor of news applications at ProPublica, and Richard Tofel, ProPublica’s general manager. Those interested in applying for the ProPublica Paired Programming Project (P5) can find details at and can submit their application to [email protected]. Earmark: ProPublica Paired Programming Project (P5).
Knight Foundation24,000.00--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 12/31/2013; goal: To support experimentation with Umbel, an analytics tool for understanding audience, to help inform journalism coverage and business development. Earmark: Experimentation with Umbel.