Sightline Institute donations received

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Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country

Donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 14 100,000 120,714 30,000 30,000 30,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 350,000 400,000
Environmental Protection 3 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000
Environmental Equity, Racial Equity 8 100,000 87,500 50,000 50,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Land use reform 3 350,000 300,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000

Donation amounts by donor and year for donee Sightline Institute

Donor Total 2019 2017 2015 2012 2009 2007 2006
Open Philanthropy Project (filter this donee) 900,000.00 150,000.00 350,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Quixote Foundation (filter this donee) 790,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 375,000.00 255,000.00 30,000.00 30,000.00
Total 1,690,000.00 150,000.00 450,000.00 400,000.00 375,000.00 255,000.00 30,000.00 30,000.00

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (14 donations)

DonorAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 14)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Open Philanthropy Project150,000.0032019-02Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2019Alexander Berger Donation process: Discretionary grant. Grant made by the Open Philanthropy Action Fund because the funds are to be used for lobbying

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support work on housing and land use." Grantee "plans to use these funds to support priority housing legislation in Washington and Oregon."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: No explicit reasons given, but reasons likely similar to those for the October 2017 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2017 and the October 2015 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development (which has the most detailed write-up)

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount of this grant ($100,000) is less than the amount for previous two-year grants ($400,000 and $350,000) so it is more a supplement than a renewal Affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington|Oregon; announced: 2019-06-07.
Open Philanthropy Project350,000.0022017-10Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2017-- Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant "to support Sightline Institute's work on housing and urban development." The grant page says: "The Sightline Institute intends to use this funding to continue promoting the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee’s (HALA) land use reform agenda in Seattle, and to promote similar reforms nationally by disseminating lessons learned from the Seattle initiative."

Donor reason for selecting the donee: Likely the same reasons as for the original October 2015 grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): The amount ($350,000 over two years) is similar to the previous grant amount ($400,000 over two years). The reasons for the amount are also likely similar

Donor retrospective of the donation: The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2019 suggests that this grant would be considered a success Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: Alexander Berger; affected states: United States; announced: 2017-11-14.
Quixote Foundation100,000.0042017-03-16Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- Project support for Sightline's racial equity, diversity, and inclusion work.
Open Philanthropy Project400,000.0012015-10Land use reformhttps://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-- Donation process: According to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development#Our_process "We approached Sightline to discuss its work on housing issues after learning about the Institute in the course of our research into land use reform in Seattle. We discussed potential uses for additional funding on this topic, and received a grant proposal from Sightline. We also spoke to a small number of people who work in this area and asked for their assessment of Sightline’s impact."

Intended use of funds (category): Direct project expenses

Intended use of funds: Grant to support Sightline Institute's work on housing and urban development. Two main goals: (1) Promoting HALA’s agenda in Seattle. (2) Making the national case for Seattle-style land use reform.

Donor reason for selecting the donee: According to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development#Case_for_the_grant there are two main outcomes Open Phil hopes to see with this grant: (1) Increasing the likelihood that the effort to implement the HALA agreement in Seattle succeeds, (2) Multiplying the benefits of any success achieved in Seattle by telling the story nationally, with the aim of leading other cities to adopt similar reforms. Also: "From those conversations it appears to us that Sightline is consistently regarded as credible, particularly with its main audience of people interested in sustainability issues in the Pacific Northwest."

Donor reason for donating that amount (rather than a bigger or smaller amount): According to https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development#Our_process "We considered several different levels of annual funding for this project before settling on $200,000/year." Footnote 11 includes details on how the Sightline Institute would have spent alternate levels of funding: $110,000/year, $160,000/year, $260,000/year

Donor retrospective of the donation: Followup conversation with Alan Durning of grantee organization at https://www.openphilanthropy.org/sites/default/files/Alan_Durning_07-05-16_%28public%29.pdf on 2016-07-05. The followup grant https://www.openphilanthropy.org/focus/us-policy/land-use-reform/sightline-institute-housing-and-urban-development-2017 suggests that the grant would be considered a success Intended funding timeframe in months: 1; affected countries: United States; affected states: Washington; affected cities: Seattle; announced: 2016-02-03.
Quixote Foundation100,000.0042012-07-21Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support inclusive of annual diversity and racial equity goals.
Quixote Foundation100,000.0042012-07-21Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support inclusive of annual diversity and racial equity goals.
Quixote Foundation100,000.0042012-07-21Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support inclusive of annual diversity and racial equity goals.
Quixote Foundation75,000.0092012-07-21Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support inclusive of annual diversity and racial equity goals.
Quixote Foundation50,000.00112009-11-13Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- Project Support for a Diversity Planning Project to increase diversity and equity within the board and staff make-up and with regards to the articles and stories coming out of Sightline.
Quixote Foundation75,000.0092009-11-13Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- Project Support for a Diversity Planning Project to increase diversity and equity within the board and staff make-up and with regards to the articles and stories coming out of Sightline.
Quixote Foundation100,000.0042009-11-13Environmental Equity, Racial Equityhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- Project Support for a Diversity Planning Project to increase diversity and equity within the board and staff make-up and with regards to the articles and stories coming out of Sightline.
Quixote Foundation30,000.00122009-02-06Environmental Protectionhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support.
Quixote Foundation30,000.00122007-05-11Environmental Protectionhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- General Operating Support.
Quixote Foundation30,000.00122006-07-28Environmental Protectionhttps://archives.iupui.edu//handle/2450/11391-- Project Support - Washington State Progress Alliance Challenge.