Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Northwestern University

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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 NorthwesternU
Websitehttp://www.northwestern.edu
Twitter usernamenorthwesternu
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_University
Instagram usernamenorthwesternu

Full donee page for donee Northwestern 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 90 200,000 491,021 7,500 34,500 51,500 82,000 148,000 200,000 300,000 429,000 650,000 1,020,000 4,500,000
Scholarly Communications 20 118,000 314,815 7,500 15,000 21,000 49,000 60,000 118,000 134,000 185,000 213,000 550,000 3,000,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 45 211,000 569,284 12,500 45,000 55,000 148,000 163,000 211,000 291,100 725,000 930,000 1,500,000 4,500,000
Diversity 12 340,000 304,542 22,500 50,000 102,000 102,000 340,000 340,000 400,000 400,000 450,000 500,000 560,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 7 429,000 1,046,179 34,500 34,500 100,000 259,753 259,753 429,000 500,000 500,000 2,500,000 3,500,000 3,500,000
Other 3 370,000 286,667 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 370,000 370,000 370,000 440,000 440,000 440,000 440,000
Past Programs 3 80,000 146,667 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1990 1986 1984 1982 1981 1980 1978 1975
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 45 25,617,800.00 2,750,000.00 196,000.00 2,520,000.00 1,041,100.00 0.00 925,000.00 50,000.00 362,000.00 2,995,700.00 1,656,000.00 5,077,000.00 263,000.00 45,000.00 0.00 300,000.00 1,000,000.00 1,040,000.00 280,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 875,000.00 82,000.00 0.00 847,500.00 540,000.00 0.00 31,500.00 0.00 725,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 950,000.00 266,000.00 650,000.00
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 7 7,323,253.00 4,429,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 259,753.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 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 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 20 6,296,300.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 73,000.00 51,500.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 7,500.00 0.00 818,000.00 134,300.00 0.00 609,000.00 64,000.00 213,000.00 716,000.00 0.00 0.00 3,310,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00
Diversity (filter this donor) 12 3,654,500.00 0.00 102,000.00 102,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 388,000.00 0.00 22,500.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 560,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 450,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 340,000.00 340,000.00 0.00
Other (filter this donor) 3 860,000.00 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 0.00 440,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 370,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 3 440,000.00 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 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 80,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 90 44,191,853.00 7,179,000.00 298,000.00 2,822,000.00 1,114,100.00 311,253.00 925,000.00 2,978,000.00 462,000.00 3,025,700.00 1,690,500.00 6,395,000.00 397,300.00 45,000.00 609,000.00 764,000.00 1,213,000.00 1,756,000.00 840,000.00 200,000.00 3,310,000.00 1,315,000.00 142,000.00 50,000.00 847,500.00 540,000.00 370,000.00 31,500.00 300,000.00 725,000.00 450,000.00 400,000.00 80,000.00 1,350,000.00 606,000.00 650,000.00

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 (90 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 90)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,750,000.0042018-09-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/1805-05880/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00232018-05-31Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/1803-05644/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
3,500,000.0022018-05-31Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/1802-05441/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
429,000.00282018-03-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/1711-05096/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
102,000.00612017-09-11Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31700686/-- Program name: Diversity.
196,000.00482017-03-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11700653/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0062016-12-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41600621/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,020,000.00102016-12-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41600618/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
102,000.00612016-09-15Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31600685/-- Program name: Diversity.
200,000.00462016-03-10Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11600668/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
73,000.00662015-12-10Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41500659/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
150,000.00532015-11-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11600102/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
291,100.00382015-03-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11500610/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
600,000.00202015-03-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11500604/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
51,500.00732014-07-21Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31400107/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
259,753.00412014-03-13Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11400606/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
175,000.00502013-06-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/21300628/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.00172013-06-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/21300619/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
2,500,000.0052012-12-06Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41200637/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
40,000.00802012-07-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31200126/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
50,000.00742012-05-31Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/21200625/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
388,000.00312012-05-31Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/21200692/-- Program name: Diversity.
50,000.00742011-12-01Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41100714/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
55,000.00692011-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31100611/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00632011-09-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31100669/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
257,000.00422011-03-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11100645/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,420,700.0092010-12-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41000702/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
7,500.00902010-09-20Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/41000112/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
55,000.00692010-09-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31000614/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
20,000.00862010-07-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/31000107/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
1,500,000.0062010-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11000638/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
22,500.00842010-03-19Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/11000682/-- Program name: Diversity.
34,500.00822009-04-20Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20900621/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,500,000.0062009-03-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10900655/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
156,000.00522009-03-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10900660/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
163,000.00512008-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/40800665/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
818,000.00152008-09-18Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30800745/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
4,500,000.0012008-09-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30800677/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
55,000.00692008-09-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30800654/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00232008-06-13Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20800683/-- Program name: Diversity.
148,000.00552008-06-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20800646/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
211,000.00442008-03-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10800682/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
118,000.00592007-10-03Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30700707/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
54,000.00722007-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30700647/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
16,300.00872007-07-23Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30700624/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
209,000.00452007-03-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10700666/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
45,000.00792006-09-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30600641/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
475,000.00252005-09-17Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30500687/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
134,000.00572005-03-18Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10500622/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
300,000.00362004-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/40400714/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
49,000.00782004-05-17Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20400617/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
15,000.00882004-04-26Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20400614/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
400,000.00292004-03-19Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10400682/-- Program name: Diversity.
213,000.00432003-12-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/40300687/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,000,000.00112003-06-13Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20300682/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
145,000.00562002-09-20Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30200649/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
550,000.00222002-09-20Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30200648/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
21,000.00852002-07-12Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/30200602/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
930,000.00132002-06-21Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20200694/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
110,000.00602002-03-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/10200695/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
280,000.00392001-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/40100705/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
560,000.00212001-06-15Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20100674/-- Program name: Diversity.
50,000.00742000-09-22Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/40000601/-- Program name: Diversity.
150,000.00532000-06-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/20000744/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
3,000,000.0031999-12-17Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49900690/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
185,000.00491999-09-17Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/39900643/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
125,000.00581999-06-18Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/29900661/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
875,000.00141998-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49800640/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
440,000.00271998-10-02Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/39800711/-- Program name: Other.
60,000.00671997-12-05Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49700635/-- Program name: Past Programs.
82,000.00641997-03-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/19700641/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
50,000.00741996-02-13Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/19600612/-- Program name: Other.
800,000.00161995-12-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49500612/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
35,000.00811995-11-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49500603/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
12,500.00891995-08-02Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/39500614/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
340,000.00331994-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49400833/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00461994-10-07Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/39400817/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
370,000.00321993-12-13Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/49300318/-- Program name: Other.
31,500.00831992-10-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/39200202/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00361990-03-30Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/19000086/-- Program name: Past Programs.
725,000.00181986-12-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/48600052/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
450,000.00261984-10-02Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/38400064/-- Program name: Diversity.
400,000.00291982-06-16Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/28200060/-- Program name: Diversity.
80,000.00651981-06-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/28100079/-- Program name: Past Programs.
340,000.00331980-06-18Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/28000056/-- Program name: Diversity.
60,000.00671980-03-19Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/18000060/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
950,000.00121980-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/18000059/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
340,000.00331978-06-07Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/27800041/-- Program name: Diversity.
266,000.00401978-06-07Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/27800040/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
650,000.00191975-06-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/northwestern-university/27500036/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.