Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to National Academy of Sciences

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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 theNASciences
Websitehttp://www.nasonline.org/
Twitter usernametheNASciences
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Academy_of_Sciences
Instagram usernamethenasciences

Full donee page for donee National Academy of Sciences

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 76 150,000 249,886 10,000 25,000 35,000 50,000 100,000 150,000 216,000 280,000 450,000 750,000 1,000,000
Past Programs 34 175,000 269,971 10,000 20,000 25,000 40,000 120,000 175,000 280,000 300,000 450,000 750,000 1,000,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 23 113,554 207,231 10,750 25,000 50,000 70,000 100,000 113,554 150,000 225,000 300,000 650,000 750,000
Other 13 250,000 340,385 25,000 35,000 100,000 150,000 240,000 250,000 250,000 350,000 750,000 850,000 1,000,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects 1 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000
Diversity 1 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Scholarly Communications 3 216,000 172,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 216,000 216,000 216,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000

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 2007 2006 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1974 1971
Past Programs (filter this donor) 34 9,179,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 490,000.00 450,000.00 450,000.00 300,000.00 120,000.00 200,000.00 310,000.00 25,000.00 600,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 600,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 625,000.00 1,000,000.00 35,000.00 45,000.00 0.00 1,150,000.00 14,000.00 125,000.00 280,000.00 750,000.00 375,000.00 0.00 925,000.00 0.00
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 23 4,766,304.00 750,000.00 200,000.00 750,000.00 113,554.00 500,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 84,000.00 0.00 0.00 175,000.00 488,000.00 0.00 255,000.00 0.00 275,000.00 0.00 225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 175,000.00 0.00 10,750.00 0.00 15,000.00
Other (filter this donor) 13 4,425,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 35,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 150,000.00 390,000.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 275,000.00 0.00 1,100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 3 516,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 216,000.00 250,000.00 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 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Diversity (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 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 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects (filter this donor) 1 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 30,000.00 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 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) 1 25,000.00 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 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 76 18,991,304.00 750,000.00 200,000.00 750,000.00 113,554.00 500,000.00 30,000.00 50,000.00 700,000.00 540,000.00 450,000.00 966,000.00 550,000.00 120,000.00 200,000.00 394,000.00 25,000.00 600,000.00 210,000.00 488,000.00 635,000.00 255,000.00 1,300,000.00 1,050,000.00 1,390,000.00 260,000.00 1,245,000.00 275,000.00 1,150,000.00 1,114,000.00 150,000.00 280,000.00 925,000.00 375,000.00 10,750.00 925,000.00 15,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (76 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 76)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.00462018-09-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/1806-05978/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
650,000.00102018-09-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/1805-05799/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
50,000.00532017-05-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/21700134/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
150,000.00382017-04-24Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/21700102/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.0052016-03-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/11600619/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
113,554.00452015-04-20Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/21500107/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00192007-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/30700699/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00322007-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/30700700/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
30,000.00632006-08-14International Higher Education and Strategic Projectshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/30600629/-- Program name: International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
50,000.00532004-01-30Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/10400602/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
700,000.0092003-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40300652/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
40,000.00582002-12-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40200706/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00532002-11-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40200614/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
450,000.00132002-06-21Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/20200661/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.00132001-12-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40100668/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.00132000-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40000647/-- Program name: Past Programs.
250,000.00262000-12-15Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40000660/-- Program name: Other.
216,000.00312000-12-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/40000717/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
50,000.00532000-06-30Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/30000606/-- Program name: Diversity.
300,000.00191999-06-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/29900629/-- Program name: Past Programs.
250,000.00261999-03-19Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/19900686/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
120,000.00441998-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49800700/-- Program name: Past Programs.
200,000.00321997-12-05Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49700629/-- Program name: Past Programs.
84,000.00501996-12-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49600639/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
10,000.00751996-09-26Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49600607/-- Program name: Past Programs.
300,000.00191996-06-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/29600624/-- Program name: Past Programs.
25,000.00641995-06-01Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/29500625/-- Program name: Past Programs.
400,000.00171993-12-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49300282/-- Program name: Past Programs.
150,000.00381993-12-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49300290/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00531993-06-07Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/29300067/-- Program name: Past Programs.
100,000.00461992-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49200268/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
10,000.00751992-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49200244/-- Program name: Past Programs.
75,000.00511992-10-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/39200209/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
25,000.00641992-04-04Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/19200008/-- Program name: Other.
450,000.00131991-03-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/19100077/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
38,000.00591991-03-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/19100008/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
35,000.00601990-12-10Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/49000260/-- Program name: Other.
600,000.00111990-03-30Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/19000092/-- Program name: Past Programs.
70,000.00521989-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38900190/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
185,000.00361989-03-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18900034/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,000,000.0011988-12-15Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/48800135/-- Program name: Other.
300,000.00191988-03-24Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18800035/-- Program name: Past Programs.
150,000.00381987-06-16Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/28700048/-- Program name: Other.
275,000.00241987-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18700062/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
600,000.00111987-03-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18700063/-- Program name: Past Programs.
25,000.00641987-03-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18700061/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,000,000.0011986-10-09Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38600045/-- Program name: Past Programs.
150,000.00381986-03-27Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18600079/-- Program name: Other.
240,000.00291986-03-27Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18600060/-- Program name: Other.
35,000.00601985-10-02Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38500055/-- Program name: Past Programs.
225,000.00301985-03-28Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18500054/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
25,000.00641984-12-12Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/48400054/-- Program name: Past Programs.
20,000.00711984-10-02Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38400061/-- Program name: Past Programs.
250,000.00261984-10-02Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38400062/-- Program name: Other.
850,000.0041984-03-14Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18400080/-- Program name: Other.
100,000.00461984-03-14Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/18400056/-- Program name: Other.
275,000.00241983-10-05Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38300071/-- Program name: Other.
950,000.0031982-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/48200043/-- Program name: Past Programs.
200,000.00321982-06-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/28200056/-- Program name: Past Programs.
350,000.00181981-10-07Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38100069/-- Program name: Other.
750,000.0051981-10-07Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38100068/-- Program name: Other.
14,000.00731981-06-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/28100074/-- Program name: Past Programs.
90,000.00491980-12-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/48000046/-- Program name: Past Programs.
35,000.00601980-10-08Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/38000060/-- Program name: Past Programs.
25,000.00641980-06-18Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/28000048/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
280,000.00231979-06-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/27900065/-- Program name: Past Programs.
150,000.00381978-12-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/47800032/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.0051978-10-04Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/37800034/-- Program name: Past Programs.
25,000.00641978-03-29Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/17800030/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
150,000.00381977-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/47700036/-- Program name: Past Programs.
25,000.00641977-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/47700035/-- Program name: Past Programs.
200,000.00321977-06-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/27700044/-- Program name: Past Programs.
10,750.00741976-10-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/37600039/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.0051974-12-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/47400035/-- Program name: Past Programs.
175,000.00371974-09-27Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/37400032/-- Program name: Past Programs.
15,000.00721971-06-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/national-academy-of-sciences/27100035/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.