Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Boston University

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 March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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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 BostonUniversity
Websitehttp://www.bu.edu
Twitter usernameBU_Tweets
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_University

Full donee page for donee Boston University

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 24 229,100 326,654 28,000 32,100 50,000 140,000 175,000 229,100 300,000 350,000 582,000 750,000 1,500,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 16 229,100 328,006 28,000 30,000 50,000 150,000 175,000 229,100 250,000 350,000 364,000 750,000 1,500,000
Scholarly Communications 7 140,000 327,371 32,100 32,100 58,500 95,000 95,000 140,000 579,000 579,000 600,000 787,000 787,000
Past Programs 1 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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 2016 2014 2013 2009 2008 2007 2005 2004 2003 2001 1999 1998 1996 1995 1994 1980 1973
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 16 5,248,100.00 175,000.00 229,100.00 175,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,735,000.00 0.00 378,000.00 582,000.00 340,000.00 40,000.00 250,000.00 80,000.00 364,000.00 750,000.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 7 2,291,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 632,100.00 95,000.00 637,500.00 787,000.00 0.00 140,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 1 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 24 7,839,700.00 175,000.00 229,100.00 175,000.00 782,100.00 95,000.00 937,500.00 787,000.00 1,735,000.00 140,000.00 378,000.00 582,000.00 340,000.00 40,000.00 250,000.00 80,000.00 364,000.00 750,000.00

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 (24 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 24)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
175,000.00142016-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/31600614/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
229,100.00132014-03-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/11400625/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
175,000.00142013-06-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/21300624/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
32,100.00222009-09-21Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/40900108/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
600,000.0042009-06-19Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/20900635/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
150,000.00162009-06-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/20900644/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
95,000.00182008-09-18Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/30800750/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
579,000.0062007-10-03Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/30700705/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
58,500.00192007-03-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/10700635/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
300,000.00102007-03-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/10700641/-- Program name: Past Programs.
787,000.0022005-12-12Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/40500657/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0012004-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/10400649/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
235,000.00122004-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/10400676/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
140,000.00172003-06-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/20300635/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
28,000.00242001-04-20Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/20100612/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
350,000.0082001-03-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/10100654/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
582,000.0051999-06-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/29900669/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
340,000.0091998-03-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/19800684/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
40,000.00211996-03-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/19600681/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00111995-10-27Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/39500671/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
30,000.00231994-08-30Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/39400443/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
50,000.00201994-03-25Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/19400208/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
364,000.0071980-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/18000010/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.0031973-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/boston-university/47300008/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.