Knight Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Technology, Communities, Journalism)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._and_James_L._Knight_Foundation
Facebook username knightfdn
Websitehttps://knightfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://knightfoundation.org/about
Grant application process pagehttps://knightfoundation.org/apply/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/knight-foundation

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Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 31 104,000 243,532 20,000 20,000 35,000 49,585 52,000 104,000 134,900 202,000 250,000 302,000 3,200,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 31 104,000 243,532 20,000 20,000 35,000 49,585 52,000 104,000 134,900 202,000 250,000 302,000 3,200,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Number of donees Total
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 31 30 7,549,505.00
Total 31 30 7,549,505.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total
Technology, Communities, Journalism 31 30 7,549,505.00
Classified total 31 30 7,549,505.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00
Total 31 30 7,549,505.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total
Ashoka (filter this donor) WP 3,200,000.00
Temple University School of Media and Communication (filter this donor) 635,400.00
Issue Media Group (filter this donor) 508,820.00
Aspen Institute (filter this donor) 450,000.00
Adirondack Community Trust (filter this donor) 302,000.00
Globe Newspaper Company (filter this donor) 250,000.00
World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technology & Learning (filter this donor) 250,000.00
South Dakota Community Foundation (filter this donor) 242,000.00
The Winnipeg Foundation USA (filter this donor) 202,000.00
The Piton Foundation (filter this donor) 202,000.00
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (filter this donor) 200,000.00
The Denver Foundation (filter this donor) 134,900.00
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (filter this donor) 132,800.00
Puerto Rico Community Foundation (filter this donor) 127,000.00
Vermont Community Foundation (filter this donor) 104,000.00
Mercer University (filter this donor) 96,000.00
The Raymond John Wean Foundation (filter this donor) 62,000.00
Greater New Orleans Foundation (filter this donor) 52,000.00
Brooklyn Community Foundation (filter this donor) 52,000.00
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (filter this donor) 52,000.00
The Miami Foundation (filter this donor) 49,585.00
Arizona State University Foundation (filter this donor) 40,000.00
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (filter this donor) WP 37,000.00
Network World Events & Executive Forums (filter this donor) 35,000.00
The Community Foundation of Utah (filter this donor) 27,000.00
Lincoln Community Foundation (filter this donor) 26,000.00
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (filter this donor) 20,000.00
University of Nebraska Foundation (filter this donor) 20,000.00
University of Southern California (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 20,000.00
University of Texas at Austin (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 20,000.00
Total -- -- 7,549,505.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (31 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 31)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Network World Events & Executive Forums (Earmark: DEMO Conference)35,000.0025--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5327-- Grant period: 08/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For sponsorship of the Fall 2011 DEMO an important platform for new digital media entrepreneurs. Sponsorship includes two scholarships for two entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented groups.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: FoCAS 2011)200,000.0011--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5255-- Grant period: 08/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To underwrite the cost of Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society that analyzed issues of networks and citizenship and proposed strategies to improved access to information and participation for individuals and communities.
The Raymond John Wean Foundation (Earmark: TheNewsOutlet.org)62,000.0018--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5185-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For the TheNewsOutlet.org, a multimedia investigative journalism project run by college students and professional editors To keep citizens up to date on local issues, The Raymond John Wean Foundation will expand TheNewsOutlet.org, a collaborative, investigative reporting platform run by college students and professional editors. The project will use the existing model in Youngstown, Ohio, which crowdsources story topics from and about the community, and expand it to other universities and media partners throughout the state. The foundation hopes that greater interaction and increased local content will foster solutions to neighborhood problems.
Greater New Orleans Foundation (Earmark: School Board Coverage)52,000.0019--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5222-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To provide greater transparency and accountability in charter schools by using college journalism students to tweet from and write on board meetings of over 40 independently run charter schools To provide greater transparency and accountability in charter schools, the local news site The Lens will train college journalism students to tweet from and write about local charter school meetings. New Orleans has the highest percentage of students attending charter schools in the country, yet there is little coverage of the boards that govern them. Each student journalist will cover a different school and report the events and details of important board meetings and gatherings. All relevant content will be archived, in order to ensure greater accountability in how the schools are run.
Lincoln Community Foundation (Earmark: Refugee Storytelling)26,000.0027--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5229-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To use journalism students to work with refugee communities to tell their stories in videos and post them online To provide more coverage of the city’s refugee community, journalism students from the University of Nebraska will move a class to a local community center and use multimedia storytelling to share stories. The content will then be offered to local outlets, aiming to promote both understanding in Lincoln and civic engagement among the city’s newest residents.
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Earmark: Grow Citizen Journalism)132,800.0014--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5231-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014; goal: For the Grow Citizen Journalism Project to engage diverse communities in environmental information and action using mobile media tools, targeted messaging, and training in citizen journalism To empower disenfranchised local communities affected by environmental issues, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will expand its GrowWNY.org site, a previous challenge winner, to include mobile reporting, mapping and new information applications. These new tools will give a voice to low-income communities and people of color who are disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and have few resources to take action. The Grow Citizen Journalism project will also train citizens in story creation techniques so they can share their first-hand experiences with their toxic surroundings to raise awareness of the issues and encourage action.
Vermont Community Foundation (Earmark: VTDigger.org)104,000.0016--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5180-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014; goal: To hire an investigative reporter at VTDigger.org to cover health care reform and energy issues in Vermont To bolster watchdog journalism, VTDigger.org will use funds to hire an investigative reporter to cover health reform and energy issues in Vermont. The reporter will gather material for long-form stories while providing daily coverage to the news site’s 23,000 readers statewide. Stories will focus on health and energy as they are issues that drive the state’s economy and are among the topics Vermonters care about most.
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (Earmark: Charlottesville Tomorrow)52,000.0019--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5181-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To add an engagement editor to the successful Charlottesville Tomorrow hyper-local news site To strengthen engagement with readers and donors, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation will increase the staff of the community’s hyper-local news site and expand coverage for its community wiki, which provides in-depth information on local issues, and for its 3D mapping projects, which aids in community planning. In doing so, Charlottesville Tomorrow seeks to increase community involvement in local issues.
Brooklyn Community Foundation (Earmark: Providing a Voice for Brooklyn Residents)52,000.0019--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5232-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2013; goal: To launch The Brooklyn Bureau, a hyper-local investigative news site and news aggregator To improve this rural community’s access to news and information, North Country Public Radio will expand and deepen its broadcast and digital operations and encourage residents to contribute content and help sustain its regional news and information service. Training programs will both engage community members in the news and help establish a path for the next generation of public media professionals.
The Piton Foundation (Earmark: CitizenAtlas)202,000.009--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5228-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For CitizenAtlas, a digital tool to help real people tell real stories based off of public data To foster greater civic dialogue, The Piton Foundation will draw on its 15 years of democratizing information to create free tools to help citizens translate public data into captivating stories. A major component will be an easy-to-use, online platform that allows users to post their stories and search data and content for others to interact with. The program will also provide training and outreach programs to empower underprivileged communities to navigate the site and tell their stories. The Children’s Corridor, a North Denver neighborhood home to some of the city’s poorest communities, will serve as a pilot for the public release.
Puerto Rico Community Foundation (Earmark: Increasing rural access to information)127,000.0015--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5220-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2013; goal: To increase access to information on jobs, technology and entrepreneurship in rural communities This project will provide information on jobs and entrepreneurship to communities in rural Puerto Rico, where the unemployment rate is about 40 percent. Organizers will share tips on how to create jobs, get permits and manage projects, among other topics, either online or through texting and other mobile technologies.
The Winnipeg Foundation USA (Earmark: Community News Commons)202,000.009--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5224-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014; goal: For Community News Commons, a grassroots project to engage, mentor, train and empower citizen journalists To strengthen the flow of community news in Winnipeg, the Community News Commons project will create local hubs to train, engage and empower citizen journalists. The hubs, including a partnership with Canada’s first news café – operated by the Winnipeg Free Press daily newspaper – and the city’s libraries, local community college programs and other media partners, will host training and provide internships and reporting mentorship for local residents and college journalism students. Multimedia reports will be distributed through an onsite news station, via the Web and at café-hosted community news events.
The Denver Foundation (Earmark: Colorado Data Commons)134,900.0013--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5225-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For Colorado Data Commons to take public data and make it easy for citizens to access and use To increase residents’ access to useful news and information, The Denver Foundation, partnering with The Piton Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, will create an online tool to unlock public data and make it easy for anybody to read and use. The project, called the Colorado Data Commons, will begin by identifying the barriers that keep government data from being more accessible, then devise tools to solve those problems. Some key features include an ability to link datasets and provide multiyear comparisons, creating not only tools that remove the barriers but also ways to visualize data that integrate social media so people can share their analyses. As an example, community groups could use the system to create a dashboard tracking, or even mapping, issues important to them.
The Community Foundation of Utah (Earmark: Youth On-Air)27,000.0026--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5227-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To support Youth-On-Air, a multimedia network that shares youth-produced content and engages it viewers in civil discourse To engage young people in local issues, 20 Salt Lake City teens will have the opportunity to develop a Youth-On-Air broadcasting program. Working with Spy Hop Productions, the students will produce original stories about the issues affecting their lives. These stories will then be shared on TV, on radio and online through Web streaming. Their stories will inform and engage citizens of all ages in conversations around social, political and economic issues of significance, while empowering teens to express themselves and take action for change.
Adirondack Community Trust (Earmark: North Country Public Radio)302,000.004--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5182-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014; goal: To support the North Country Public Radio expansion of regional broadcast and digital news/information services To improve this rural community’s access to news and information, North Country Public Radio will expand and deepen its broadcast and digital operations and encourage residents to contribute content and help sustain its regional news and information service. Training programs will both engage community members in the news and help establish a path for the next generation of public media professionals.
South Dakota Community Foundation (Earmark: Dakotafire Media)242,000.008--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5221-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014; goal: For Dakotafire Media, an alliance of journalists from 29 rural community newspapers who will share a virtual newsroom to improve coverage of regional issues To strengthen regional coverage, Dakotafire Media will create an alliance of rural journalists to provide in-depth reporting on topics vital to rural South Dakota. The alliance will connect these journalists through online meetings, social networking and collaborative writing software – allowing them to cover topics they couldn’t meaningfully address alone. The journalists, many of whom come from newspapers with staffs of three or fewer people, will also be able to exchange ideas and learn from each other. As some of these newspapers don’t have websites, Dakotafire will offer an online presence for them. The funding comes at a time of great change in the rural Dakotas, where the population is declining and aging, and metro newspapers are retreating to urban centers.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (Earmark: Mobile Vote App)37,000.0024--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5226-- Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For a mobile voter app, to connect Latinos to voter registration information To empower and engage young Latinos, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will team up with Voto Latino to create a mobile app that will connect voters to information about voter registration. The multifaceted mobile voter application will be available to Apple and Android devices, and will target young Latinos – currently the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. It will explain the voting and registration processes, provide details on prerequisites and answer frequently asked questions.
Ashoka (Earmark: Ashoka Fellows)3,200,000.001--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3998-- Grant period: 12/04/2006 - 11/30/2010; goal: To select 15 promising social entrepreneurs in Knight Communities and to infuse them with the intellectual, financial and social capital required to increase their likelihood of success in their communities To identify and support social entrepreneurs (‘Ashoka Fellows’) around the world whose innovations aim to create systemic social impact by dramatically improving the way people get and use information. The grant created the News and Knowledge program to provide three-year fellowships focused on developing fellow skills and strengthening their networks.
Globe Newspaper Company (Earmark: @bostonglobe and @civicMIT)250,000.005--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5674-- Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To establish a partnership for newsroom innovation between The Boston Globe and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and later other universities.
Issue Media Group (Earmark: Detroit Urban Innovation Exchange)508,820.003--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5364-- Grant period: 12/12/2011 - 01/31/2015; goal: For the Impact Project.
University of Southern California (Earmark: Information Needs of Communities)20,000.0028--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5375-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with an event and by exploring the role of diversity in local information ecosystems.
Temple University School of Media and Communication (Earmark: Urban Apps and Maps Studio)635,400.002--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5447-- Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2015; goal: To provide opportunities for hundreds of underserved residents to join Philadelphia's growing apps development community Each year, the 10-15 community fellows chosen to continue in the program throughout the year will devise at least one app per year that is marketable. By the conclusion of project the studio will create 30-45 experienced developers and a total of 300 urban millennials who will understand how to create and use mobile applications, devices and social media for community engagement.
World Wide Workshop for Children's Media Technology & Learning (Earmark: Globaloria West Virginia)250,000.005--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5332-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 01/31/2013; goal: For one-time support that will allow the digital media literacy program in West Virginia to fully transition to a state-supported program.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Earmark: Information Needs of Communities)20,000.0028--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5371-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a symposium and white paper exploring the role Internet, cable television, satellite television and mobile broadband service providers could play in local accountability journalism.
Arizona State University Foundation (Earmark: Information Needs of Communities)40,000.0023--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5409-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 06/30/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a public hearing, a second event, a white paper, and a multimedia product exploring the role of philanthropy in advancing local journalism.
University of Texas at Austin (Earmark: Information Needs of Communities)20,000.0028--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5372-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a white paper exploring the role of university initiatives in supporting local accountability journalism.
University of Nebraska Foundation (Earmark: Information Needs of Communities)20,000.0028--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5385-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a white paper exploring the role of universities in advancing local accountability journalism.
Mercer University (Earmark: Macon Journalism Collaborative)96,000.0017--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5125-- Grant period: 02/01/2011 - 12/31/2011; goal: For a planning grant to determine the feasibility of establishing a Journalism Collaborative between Mercer University, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Aspen Institute (Earmark: Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy)250,000.005--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5048-- Grant period: 02/01/2011 - 03/31/2012; goal: To analyze issues of Internet unity, governance and structure and propose strategies to increase global Internet freedom The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy was a blue ribbon panel of seventeen media, policy and community leaders that met in 2008 and 2009. Its purpose was to assess the information needs of communities, and recommend measures to help Americans better meet those needs. Its Report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, was the first major commission on media since the Hutchins Commission in the 1940’s and the Kerner and Carnegie Commissions of the 1960’s. In the digital age, technological, economic and behavioral changes are dramatically altering how Americans communicate. Information is more fragmented. Communications systems no longer run along the same lines as local governance. The gap in access to digital tools and skills is wide and troubling. This new era poses major challenges to the flow of news and information people depend on to manage their complex lives. The Commission’s aims are to maximize the availability and flow of credible local information; to enhance access and capacity to use the new tools of knowledge and exchange; and to encourage people to engage with […].
The Miami Foundation (Earmark: Fiscal Agency Program)49,585.0022--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5370-- Grant period: 11/01/2011 - 10/31/2012; goal: For support of the fiscal agency program established in 2010.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Earmark: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)200,000.0011--Technology, Communities, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3955-- Grant period: 03/15/2006 - 03/15/2007; goal: To develop a plan for scaling up First Amendment education in Knight communities ASCD is the largest educational member organization, representing 170,000 educators from more than 135 countries. Since 2000, it has created some 100 First Amendment Schools nationwide. These are K-12 schools where students not only learn about but practice the First Amendment in their schools and communities. This grant will use the lessons learned by this project to create and test a plan to increase First Amendment education in the 26 Knight communities.

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