Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Pennsylvania State 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 pennstate
Websitehttp://www.psu.edu
Twitter usernameCNN
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_State_University
Instagram usernamepennstate

Full donee page for donee Pennsylvania 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 38 164,000 278,572 10,000 18,753 45,000 60,000 125,000 164,000 238,000 400,000 450,000 755,000 1,250,000
Diversity 2 10,000 405,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 12 110,000 234,750 11,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 58,000 110,000 225,000 238,000 260,000 450,000 1,171,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 4 18,753 226,688 18,000 18,000 18,000 18,753 18,753 18,753 400,000 400,000 470,000 470,000 470,000
Past Programs 14 125,000 191,357 40,000 45,000 50,000 60,000 70,000 125,000 187,000 260,000 440,000 450,000 465,000
Scholarly Communications 6 440,000 562,167 143,000 143,000 236,000 236,000 440,000 440,000 549,000 755,000 755,000 1,250,000 1,250,000

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 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2008 2007 2005 2003 2001 2000 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1990 1989 1988 1984 1982
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 6 3,373,000.00 0.00 0.00 989,000.00 236,000.00 1,393,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 755,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 12 2,817,000.00 225,000.00 0.00 260,000.00 0.00 0.00 40,000.00 238,000.00 164,000.00 0.00 1,182,000.00 110,000.00 508,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 14 2,679,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 260,000.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 960,000.00 60,000.00 60,000.00 510,000.00 227,000.00 0.00 425,000.00 0.00 127,000.00 0.00 0.00
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 4 906,753.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 470,000.00 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 18,753.00 18,000.00
Diversity (filter this donor) 2 810,000.00 0.00 800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 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
Total 38 10,585,753.00 225,000.00 800,000.00 1,649,000.00 236,000.00 1,393,000.00 510,000.00 238,000.00 164,000.00 270,000.00 1,182,000.00 110,000.00 1,313,000.00 960,000.00 60,000.00 60,000.00 510,000.00 227,000.00 50,000.00 425,000.00 40,000.00 127,000.00 18,753.00 18,000.00

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 (38 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 38)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
225,000.00182017-09-11Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/31700607/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
800,000.0032016-12-08Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/41600684/-- Program name: Diversity.
549,000.0052014-12-04Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/41400693/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
260,000.00142014-09-11Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/31400641/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
400,000.00122014-06-05Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/21400667/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
440,000.00102014-03-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/11400669/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
236,000.00172013-10-03Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/31300632/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,250,000.0012012-12-06Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/41200605/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
143,000.00212012-03-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/11200689/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
470,000.0062011-06-03Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/21100700/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
40,000.00322011-02-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/11100121/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
238,000.00162008-09-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/30800672/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
164,000.00202007-03-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/10700667/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
10,000.00382005-10-24Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/40500614/-- Program name: Diversity.
260,000.00142005-03-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/10500630/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,171,000.0022003-09-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/30300701/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
11,000.00372003-08-22Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/30300632/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
110,000.00242001-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/40100695/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
755,000.0042000-12-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/40000733/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
50,000.00292000-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/40000767/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.0082000-03-20Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/10000715/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
58,000.00282000-03-20Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/10000693/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
70,000.00251997-12-05Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49700632/-- Program name: Past Programs.
440,000.00101997-12-05Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49700609/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.0081997-03-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/19700693/-- Program name: Past Programs.
60,000.00261996-12-06Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49600692/-- Program name: Past Programs.
60,000.00261995-12-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49500637/-- Program name: Past Programs.
45,000.00311994-12-12Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49400872/-- Program name: Past Programs.
465,000.0071994-03-25Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/19400237/-- Program name: Past Programs.
187,000.00191993-12-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49300277/-- Program name: Past Programs.
40,000.00321993-12-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49300286/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00291992-06-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/29200085/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00131990-12-10Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/49000288/-- Program name: Past Programs.
125,000.00231990-09-28Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/39000217/-- Program name: Past Programs.
40,000.00321989-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/48900138/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
127,000.00221988-09-29Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/38800112/-- Program name: Past Programs.
18,753.00351984-03-14Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/18400040/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
18,000.00361982-10-06Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/pennsylvania-state-university/38200028/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.