John Merck Fund donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Capacity Building)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttps://www.jmfund.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.jmfund.org/about-us/
Grant application process pagehttps://www.jmfund.org/for-grantseekers/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/john-merck-fund

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 37 35,000 38,732 15,000 20,000 22,000 30,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 44,000 56,500 70,000 75,000
Capacity Building 37 35,000 38,732 15,000 20,000 22,000 30,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 44,000 56,500 70,000 75,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given cause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2002 2001 2000
Capacity Building (filter this donor) 37 31 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00
Total 37 31 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2018 2002 2001 2000
Capacity Building 37 31 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00
Classified total 37 31 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 37 31 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2002 2001 2000
Toxics Action Center (filter this donor) 161,500.00 30,000.00 61,500.00 0.00 70,000.00
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (filter this donor) 143,400.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 143,400.00
Physicians for Human Rights (filter this donor) 110,100.00 0.00 56,500.00 0.00 53,600.00
Science Communication Network (filter this donor) 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 75,000.00 0.00
Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund (filter this donor) 70,000.00 0.00 30,000.00 40,000.00 0.00
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (filter this donor) 60,600.00 0.00 0.00 60,600.00 0.00
Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control (filter this donor) 58,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 58,500.00
Washington Office on Latin America (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (filter this donor) 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00
Vermont Works for Women (filter this donor) 44,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 44,000.00
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (filter this donor) 44,000.00 44,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Learning Disabilities Association of America (filter this donor) 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (filter this donor) 39,000.00 39,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Abortion Access Project (filter this donor) 35,000.00 0.00 15,000.00 20,000.00 0.00
Massachusetts Farm to School (filter this donor) 35,000.00 35,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Coming Clean (filter this donor) 35,000.00 35,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Oregon Environmental Council (filter this donor) 35,000.00 35,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Maine Farmland Trust (filter this donor) 35,000.00 35,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Connecticut Fund for the Environment (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Conservation Law Foundation (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Natural Resources Council of Maine (filter this donor) 30,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
NESCAUM (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Red Tomato (filter this donor) 25,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Cooperative Development Institute (filter this donor) 22,000.00 22,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Land for Good (filter this donor) 22,000.00 22,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Farm to Institution New England (filter this donor) 21,700.00 21,700.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Food Connects (filter this donor) 21,300.00 21,300.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Real Food Challenge (filter this donor) 20,000.00 20,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (filter this donor) 15,000.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 1,433,100.00 605,000.00 213,000.00 195,600.00 419,500.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (37 donations)

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

Graph of donations and their timeframes
DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 37)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Sustainable Production20,000.00332018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish better operational systems for personnel, member and prospect tracking, budgets, and international communications; and to strengthen the advisory committee’s role in the organization.
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund44,000.00122018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- Serving as convenor of the New England State Food System Planners Community of Practice, to support the COP as it develops a shared fundraising strategy and improves the ability of each state—and the region as a whole—to track and communicate its progress toward food-related goals.
Red Tomato25,000.00272018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To work with consultants to help the organization understand, spec out, and generate excitement around potential value-added products within the Eco Apple program.
Real Food Challenge20,000.00332018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the Big Three Coalition by establishing and training a fundraising committee, providing communications support to the coalition, and providing training for coalition members negotiating campaign demands with the largest food service management companies.
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group15,000.00362018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To provide fundraising support and coaching for the executive director, strategic communications support, and racial justice and equity competency training for board and staff.
Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont39,000.00162018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support leadership succession and transition planning.
Massachusetts Farm to School35,000.00172018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To expand and diversify the organization’s fundraising capacity and strengthen its communications capacity.
Maine Farmland Trust35,000.00172018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To implement a one-year strategic planning process focused on developing a clearly articulated set of values and a long-term guiding vision.
Land for Good22,000.00292018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To update Land for Good’s strategic plan.
Food Connects21,300.00322018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To create a balanced and sustainable charitable funding mix that engages a loyal cadre of diverse donors.
Farm to Institution New England21,700.00312018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To grow and diversify FINE’s funding base and sharpen its communication strategy.
Cooperative Development Institute22,000.00292018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To more effectively engage a broader constituency—particularly people of color—as clients, staff, board, and partners.
Oregon Environmental Council35,000.00172018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To build a strategic equity platform for program work, as well as the internal infrastructure to support this platform, and to raise additional funds for the organization through communications that lift up its commitment to diversity and inclusivity.
Learning Disabilities Association of America40,000.00142018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish a unified database system and a fundraising plan for the Healthy Children Project.
Coming Clean35,000.00172018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To improve internal organization and external alignment with partners and funders to more effectively bridge divides separating fossil fuels, chemicals, climate, and environmental health and justice organizing.
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation30,000.00212018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To assess what current Drive Electric Vermont stakeholders value about the coalition, explore various governance options, and investigate funding models.
NESCAUM25,000.00272018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct an executive director transition.
Natural Resources Council of Maine30,000.00212018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To develop and implement a new membership outreach program.
Connecticut Fund for the Environment30,000.00212018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To assist with a development plan, messaging, and computer upgrades.
Conservation Law Foundation30,000.00212018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the implementation of software that would improve CLF’s content management system, increasing workflow efficiency and bolstering overall organizational capacity.
Toxics Action Center30,000.00212018-08Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To develop a unified “brand” identity that best articulates the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic direction.
Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund30,000.00212002-04Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To strengthen the development program and engage in strategic planning.
Abortion Access Project15,000.00362002-02Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To develop governance and management systems and to fine-tune its strategic plan.
Physicians for Human Rights56,500.0082002-02Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To continue support for a full-time Internet coordinator and part-time webmaster, positions designed to increase PHR’s use of the Internet in its media, public outreach, advocacy, membership, and development work.
Toxics Action Center61,500.0052002-02Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To enhance fundraising capacity with a full-time development director and fundraising training for the development and organizing staff.
Washington Office on Latin America50,000.00102002-02Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To launch the third phase of the financial sustainability program, by increasing contributions from individual major donors.
Vermont Public Interest Research and Education Fund40,000.00142001-09Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To initiate a number of measures designed to strengthen its development program. This grant would be the first of a two-phase effort aimed at helping VPIRG achieve financial and organizational sustainability over the next several years.
Abortion Access Project20,000.00332001-09Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct an organizational assessment to determine whether the organization should grow and to identify the steps and new structures that such growth would require.
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability60,600.0062001-07Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To improve internal operations of the two ANA offices by upgrading technical equipment, software, and other resources; and to improve the basic skills of ANA’s member organizations through workshops on media, strategic planning, fundraising, and computer literacy.
Science Communication Network75,000.0012001-07Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To hire the first dedicated development staff and to purchase fundraising software.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy50,000.00102000-12Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To hire a fundraising consultant to assist in expanding the base of individual donors.
Toxics Action Center70,000.0042000-11Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To increase membership and donor base by hiring a full-time fundraiser. This effort will be complemented in the first year with a fundraising consultant to help craft a donor development plan and to train the new fundraiser.
Vermont Works for Women44,000.00122000-11Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct three related capacity building activities: a facilitated strategic planning process; business and marketing research to assess the income potential of two new programs; and hiring a fundraising consultant to expand their base of foundation and corporate support.
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health71,700.0022000-05Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct a strategic planning process involving board and staff in order to develop a programmatic, fundraising and business plan for the next five years.
Physicians for Human Rights53,600.0092000-05Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To fund a new staff position within the Communications Department to increase PHR’s use of the Internet in media, public outreach, membership, and development. This grant would pay for the first year of the position with the understanding that PHR can apply for one additional year. After the second year, PHR will incorporate the position into the general operating budget.
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health71,700.0022000-05Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct a strategic planning process involving board and staff in order to develop a programmatic, fundraising, and business plan for the next five years.
Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control58,500.0072000-05Capacity Buildinghttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To develop and improve three web sites used to distribute information, including the Risk Report, Iraq Watch, and the Wisconsin Project’s institutional web site.

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