Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Michigan State University

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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 spartans.msu
Websitehttp://www.msu.edu/
Twitter usernamemichiganstateu
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_University
Instagram usernamemichiganstateu

Full donee page for donee Michigan State 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 18 250,000 354,444 15,000 23,000 50,000 130,000 213,000 250,000 309,000 340,000 480,000 1,200,000 1,472,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 5 352,000 452,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 213,000 213,000 352,000 352,000 480,000 480,000 1,200,000 1,200,000
Past Programs 6 170,000 204,500 23,000 23,000 124,000 124,000 170,000 170,000 250,000 320,000 320,000 340,000 340,000
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects 2 50,000 325,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 600,000 600,000 600,000 600,000 600,000
Scholarly Communications 4 282,000 528,250 50,000 50,000 50,000 282,000 282,000 282,000 309,000 309,000 1,472,000 1,472,000 1,472,000
Other 1 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000 130,000

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 2010 2006 2005 2003 2002 2000 1999 1994 1993 1991
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 5 2,260,000.00 0.00 1,413,000.00 0.00 15,000.00 480,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 352,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 4 2,113,000.00 2,063,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 6 1,227,000.00 0.00 0.00 23,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 340,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 490,000.00 124,000.00
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects (filter this donor) 2 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 600,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Other (filter this donor) 1 130,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 130,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 18 6,380,000.00 2,063,000.00 1,413,000.00 23,000.00 15,000.00 480,000.00 250,000.00 390,000.00 600,000.00 402,000.00 130,000.00 490,000.00 124,000.00

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 (18 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 18)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,472,000.0012017-12-07Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/1708-04732/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
282,000.0092017-09-11Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/31700662/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
309,000.0082017-06-01Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/21700691/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,200,000.0022016-06-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/21600625/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
213,000.00112016-03-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/11600613/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
23,000.00172010-12-09Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/41000676/-- Program name: Past Programs.
15,000.00182006-05-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/20600622/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
480,000.0042005-06-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/20500676/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00102003-09-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/30300640/-- Program name: Past Programs.
340,000.0062002-12-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/40200676/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00152002-12-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/40200645/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
600,000.0032000-03-20International Higher Education and Strategic Projectshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/10000719/-- Program name: International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
50,000.00151999-05-12International Higher Education and Strategic Projectshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/29900616/-- Program name: International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
352,000.0051999-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/19900688/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
130,000.00131994-10-07Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/39400854/-- Program name: Other.
170,000.00121993-06-07Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/29300137/-- Program name: Past Programs.
320,000.0071993-03-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/19300036/-- Program name: Past Programs.
124,000.00141991-03-22Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/michigan-state-university/19100033/-- Program name: Past Programs.