Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to RAND Corporation

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username MellonFoundation
LinkedIn username the-andrew-w--mellon-foundation
Donations URL
Twitter usernamemellonfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Brief history:

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas:

Full donor page for donor Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page RANDCorporation
Twitter usernameRANDCorporation
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee RAND Corporation

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 9 240,000 212,111 20,000 20,000 25,000 50,000 125,000 240,000 307,000 312,000 400,000 430,000 430,000
Other 6 307,000 249,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 25,000 307,000 307,000 312,000 400,000 400,000 430,000 430,000
Scholarly Communications 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
Past Programs 2 125,000 182,500 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000

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 2001 2000 1997 1995 1994 1992 1990
Other (filter this donor) 6 1,494,000.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00 762,000.00 0.00 307,000.00 400,000.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 2 365,000.00 0.00 0.00 125,000.00 0.00 240,000.00 0.00 0.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 1,909,000.00 50,000.00 25,000.00 125,000.00 762,000.00 240,000.00 307,000.00 400,000.00

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 (9 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0072001-08-24Scholarly Communications Program name: Scholarly Communications.
25,000.0082000-08-14Other Program name: Other.
125,000.0061997-12-05Past Programs Program name: Past Programs.
430,000.0011995-12-18Other Program name: Other.
312,000.0031995-10-27Other Program name: Other.
20,000.0091995-08-22Other Program name: Other.
240,000.0051994-06-17Past Programs Program name: Past Programs.
307,000.0041992-10-09Other Program name: Other.
400,000.0021990-03-30Other Program name: Other.