Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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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 MITnews
Websitehttp://mit.edu
Twitter usernamemit
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_Institute_of_Technology

Full donee page for donee Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 71 150,000 521,623 5,000 20,000 40,500 75,000 115,000 150,000 286,500 360,000 750,000 1,500,000 5,500,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 50 240,000 665,894 5,000 12,000 30,000 50,000 100,000 240,000 330,000 750,000 1,200,000 1,500,000 5,500,000
Diversity 2 15,000 17,250 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 19,500 19,500 19,500 19,500 19,500
Scholarly Communications 10 145,000 172,600 40,500 40,500 45,000 108,500 115,000 145,000 150,000 157,000 215,000 300,000 450,000
Past Programs 9 150,000 220,000 100,000 100,000 120,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 270,000 320,000 360,000 360,000 360,000

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2013 2012 2011 2009 2008 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1997 1995 1994 1993 1991 1990 1988 1987 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 50 33,294,703.00 0.00 1,300,000.00 1,500,000.00 1,759,100.00 1,045,603.00 2,700,000.00 0.00 170,000.00 1,256,000.00 3,000,000.00 3,025,000.00 3,361,000.00 0.00 5,500,000.00 3,307,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 44,500.00 250,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 36,000.00 350,000.00 140,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 675,000.00 330,000.00 55,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 686,500.00 750,000.00 87,000.00 12,000.00 305,000.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 9 1,980,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00 320,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 270,000.00 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 10 1,726,000.00 197,500.00 108,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 360,000.00 0.00 115,000.00 450,000.00 150,000.00 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 0.00
Diversity (filter this donor) 2 34,500.00 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 0.00 19,500.00 15,000.00 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
Total 71 37,035,203.00 197,500.00 1,408,500.00 1,500,000.00 1,759,100.00 1,045,603.00 2,700,000.00 45,000.00 170,000.00 1,256,000.00 3,000,000.00 3,025,000.00 3,721,000.00 300,000.00 5,500,000.00 4,027,000.00 50,000.00 435,000.00 450,000.00 194,500.00 250,000.00 19,500.00 515,000.00 36,000.00 350,000.00 140,000.00 150,000.00 50,000.00 675,000.00 330,000.00 205,000.00 150,000.00 1,000,000.00 100,000.00 320,000.00 806,500.00 750,000.00 87,000.00 12,000.00 305,000.00

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 (71 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 71)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
40,500.00572018-05-17Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/1802-05384/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
157,000.00342018-03-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/1711-05151/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,300,000.00102017-12-07Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/1708-04820/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
108,500.00442017-07-24Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/31700114/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0052016-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/31600634/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
259,100.00312015-03-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/11500608/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0052015-03-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/11500627/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,000,000.00132013-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/31300605/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
45,603.00542013-01-28Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/11300133/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,200,000.00112012-12-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/41200689/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0052012-03-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/11200656/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
45,000.00552011-02-22Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/11100120/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
25,000.00612009-09-21Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40900109/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
145,000.00392009-06-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20900646/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,156,000.00122008-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40800676/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00462008-09-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/30800758/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0052005-09-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/30500689/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0052005-03-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/10500643/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
3,000,000.0022004-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40400668/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
25,000.00612004-08-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/30400611/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
3,000,000.0022003-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40300695/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00262003-09-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/30300661/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
360,000.00212003-06-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20300669/-- Program name: Past Programs.
36,000.00582003-05-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20300616/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
25,000.00612003-02-21Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/10300614/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00262002-09-20Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/30200638/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
5,500,000.0012001-06-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20100679/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
145,000.00392000-12-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40000727/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
107,000.00452000-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40000668/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
2,450,000.0042000-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/40000747/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.00152000-06-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20000747/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
215,000.00332000-06-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/20000709/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
360,000.00212000-03-20Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/10000631/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00521999-11-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/49900609/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
115,000.00431997-12-05Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/49700714/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
320,000.00251997-03-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/19700713/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.00191995-06-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/29500635/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
44,500.00561994-10-24Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/49400803/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
150,000.00351994-10-07Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/39400825/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
10,000.00691993-10-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/39300194/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
240,000.00321993-03-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/19300027/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
19,500.00651991-12-09Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/49100209/-- Program name: Diversity.
15,000.00661990-09-28Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/39000199/-- Program name: Diversity.
500,000.00171990-03-30Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/19000073/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
30,000.00591988-06-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28800046/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
6,000.00701988-03-24Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/18800009/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
350,000.00231987-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/48700054/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
140,000.00411985-10-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/38500054/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
150,000.00351984-06-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28400057/-- Program name: Past Programs.
30,000.00591983-06-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28300063/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
20,000.00641983-06-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28300064/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
75,000.00491982-10-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/38200063/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00171982-10-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/38200064/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00461982-06-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28200052/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
330,000.00241981-06-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28100070/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
55,000.00511980-10-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/38000054/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
150,000.00351980-06-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/28000043/-- Program name: Past Programs.
150,000.00351978-06-07Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/27800030/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,000,000.00131977-10-05Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/37700037/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00461976-10-06Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/37600037/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00521975-12-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47500051/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
270,000.00301975-12-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47500052/-- Program name: Past Programs.
400,000.00201974-06-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/27400036/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
120,000.00421974-04-03Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/17400035/-- Program name: Past Programs.
286,500.00291974-04-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/17400034/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.00151973-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47300041/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
12,000.00671972-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47200035/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
75,000.00491972-09-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/37200039/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
12,000.00671971-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47100030/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00261970-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47000014/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
5,000.00711970-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/massachusetts-institute-of-technology/47000013/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.