Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Amherst College

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Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_W._Mellon_Foundation
Facebook username MellonFoundation
LinkedIn username the-andrew-w--mellon-foundation
Websitehttps://mellon.org/
Donations URLhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/
Twitter usernamemellonfdn
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://mellon.org/about/mission/
Grant application process pagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grantmaking-policies-and-guidelines/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/mellon-foundation

Brief history: https://mellon.org/about/history/

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: https://mellon.org/programs/

Full donor page for donor Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page amherstcollege
Websitehttp://www.amherst.edu
Twitter usernameAmherstCollege
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amherst_College
Instagram usernameamherstcollege

Full donee page for donee Amherst College

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 39 300,000 421,777 3,000 28,000 50,000 100,000 250,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 724,000 1,055,000 1,500,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 30 250,000 389,577 3,000 15,000 50,000 100,000 125,000 250,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 875,000 1,500,000
Scholarly Communications 6 344,000 460,333 41,000 41,000 44,000 44,000 344,000 344,000 586,000 692,000 692,000 1,055,000 1,055,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 2 500,000 750,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Diversity 1 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000

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 Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2002 2000 1997 1988 1985 1981 1974
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 30 11,687,300.00 1,760,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 1,137,500.00 824,000.00 8,800.00 200,000.00 0.00 3,000.00 888,000.00 455,000.00 1,545,000.00 300,000.00 100,000.00 711,000.00 780,000.00 300,000.00 375,000.00 300,000.00 500,000.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 6 2,762,000.00 1,055,000.00 344,000.00 0.00 0.00 627,000.00 0.00 0.00 44,000.00 0.00 692,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 2 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Diversity (filter this donor) 1 500,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 39 16,449,300.00 3,315,000.00 344,000.00 1,500,000.00 1,137,500.00 2,451,000.00 8,800.00 200,000.00 44,000.00 503,000.00 1,580,000.00 455,000.00 1,545,000.00 300,000.00 100,000.00 711,000.00 780,000.00 300,000.00 375,000.00 300,000.00 500,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (39 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 39)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
500,000.00112017-12-07Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/1708-04850/-- Program name: Diversity.
1,055,000.0042017-09-11Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/31700668/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0012017-06-01Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/21700657/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
260,000.00222017-03-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11700648/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
344,000.00182016-06-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/21600662/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0012015-12-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/41500605/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
875,000.0062014-03-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11400654/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
262,500.00212014-03-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11400624/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
724,000.0082012-09-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/31200615/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
586,000.00102012-09-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/31200638/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
100,000.00282012-05-31Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/21200677/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,000,000.0052012-03-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11200603/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
41,000.00352012-03-05Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11200128/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
8,800.00382011-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/31100627/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00252010-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/11000658/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
44,000.00342009-09-24Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30900722/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
500,000.00112008-12-17Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/40800624/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
3,000.00392008-04-07Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/20800604/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
860,000.0072007-12-11Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/40700742/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
28,000.00362007-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30700643/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
692,000.0092007-06-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/20700701/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
400,000.00162006-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/40600680/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
55,000.00312006-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30600634/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
45,000.00332005-09-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30500622/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0012005-06-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/20500665/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00232004-10-01Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30400637/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
50,000.00322004-10-01Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30400641/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00282002-12-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/40200731/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
91,000.00302000-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/40000688/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00112000-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30000652/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
15,000.00372000-08-25Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/30000626/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
105,000.00272000-03-20Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/10000700/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
365,000.00171997-12-05Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/49700702/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
415,000.00151997-03-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/19700668/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00191988-06-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/28800061/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00231985-10-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/38500007/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
125,000.00261985-10-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/38500006/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00191981-03-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/18100007/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00111974-06-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/amherst-college/27400008/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.