Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Grantmakers in the Arts

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, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username MellonFoundation
LinkedIn username the-andrew-w--mellon-foundation
Donations URL
Twitter usernamemellonfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Brief history:

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas:

Full donor page for donor Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Grantmakers in the Arts in our system.

Full donee page for donee Grantmakers in the Arts

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 9 30,000 37,778 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 15,000 30,000 30,000 60,000 75,000 100,000 100,000
Other 4 10,000 27,500 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 30,000 30,000 60,000 60,000 60,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 5 30,000 46,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 15,000 15,000 30,000 30,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 100,000

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 2015 2011 2008 2007 2005 2003 2000 1999
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 5 230,000.00 100,000.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 15,000.00
Other (filter this donor) 4 110,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 340,000.00 100,000.00 75,000.00 60,000.00 30,000.00 30,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 15,000.00

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 (9 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.0012017-10-18Arts and Cultural Heritage Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
75,000.0022015-02-23Arts and Cultural Heritage Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
60,000.0032011-12-19Other Program name: Other.
30,000.0042008-12-22Other Program name: Other.
30,000.0042007-07-02Arts and Cultural Heritage Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
10,000.0072005-02-28Other Program name: Other.
10,000.0072003-07-11Other Program name: Other.
10,000.0072000-05-15Arts and Cultural Heritage Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
15,000.0061999-08-23Arts and Cultural Heritage Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.