Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Smithsonian Institution

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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 Smithsonian
Websitehttp://www.si.edu/
Twitter usernamesmithsonian
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian_Institution
Instagram usernamesmithsonian
Tumblr subdomainsmithsonian

Full donee page for donee Smithsonian Institution

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 94 250,000 520,035 2,300 22,200 50,000 110,000 200,000 250,000 380,000 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 10,000,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 42 260,000 698,787 2,300 15,000 22,200 50,000 172,000 260,000 500,000 600,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 10,000,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 3 100,000 146,667 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 325,000 325,000 325,000 325,000
Past Programs 40 250,000 405,425 25,000 44,000 110,000 170,000 225,000 250,000 380,000 450,000 700,000 900,000 1,500,000
Scholarly Communications 6 82,500 212,867 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 82,500 82,500 222,700 375,000 375,000 497,000 497,000
Other 3 750,000 533,333 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 750,000

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 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1984 1983 1981 1978 1977 1976 1974 1973 1971 1970
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 42 29,349,073.00 600,000.00 1,200,000.00 1,675,000.00 10,532,000.00 940,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,370,550.00 340,000.00 0.00 260,000.00 0.00 3,277,885.00 1,100,000.00 91,000.00 2,927,000.00 17,300.00 24,000.00 0.00 0.00 982,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 175,000.00 25,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 32,338.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 40 16,217,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,576,000.00 709,000.00 416,000.00 420,000.00 843,000.00 909,000.00 510,000.00 1,494,000.00 0.00 0.00 850,000.00 25,000.00 370,000.00 1,175,000.00 0.00 225,000.00 900,000.00 1,500,000.00 775,000.00 900,000.00 700,000.00 450,000.00 420,000.00 100,000.00 700,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Other (filter this donor) 3 1,600,000.00 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 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 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
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 6 1,277,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 375,000.00 50,000.00 497,000.00 50,000.00 222,700.00 82,500.00 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 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) 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 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 325,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 94 48,883,273.00 600,000.00 1,200,000.00 1,675,000.00 10,907,000.00 990,000.00 3,073,000.00 3,129,550.00 978,700.00 502,500.00 1,103,000.00 909,000.00 3,787,885.00 2,594,000.00 91,000.00 2,927,000.00 2,367,300.00 49,000.00 370,000.00 1,175,000.00 982,000.00 825,000.00 900,000.00 1,500,000.00 775,000.00 1,050,000.00 700,000.00 450,000.00 420,000.00 115,000.00 700,000.00 500,000.00 175,000.00 25,000.00 15,000.00 100,000.00 32,338.00 325,000.00 100,000.00 15,000.00 100,000.00 500,000.00 150,000.00

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 (94 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 94)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
600,000.00232018-09-06Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/1802-05592/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,200,000.0072017-03-09Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/11700620/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
500,000.00282016-09-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31600652/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
700,000.00202016-09-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31600651/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
475,000.00322016-06-13Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21600639/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
375,000.00392015-12-10Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41500668/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
10,000,000.0012015-12-10Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41500621/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
532,000.00272015-09-10Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31500631/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
150,000.00622014-12-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/11500114/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
540,000.00262014-12-04Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41400613/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
250,000.00482014-12-04Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41400607/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
50,000.00752014-07-21Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31400109/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
44,000.00782013-12-05Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41300643/-- Program name: Past Programs.
332,000.00422013-10-03Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31300670/-- Program name: Past Programs.
497,000.00302013-06-06Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21300663/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,000,000.00102013-06-06Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21300669/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,200,000.0072013-03-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/11300639/-- Program name: Past Programs.
2,000,000.0022012-09-13Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31200663/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
360,000.00402012-09-13Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31200655/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
50,000.00752012-07-16Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31200132/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
10,550.00922012-07-16Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31200130/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
222,000.00562012-05-31Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21200615/-- Program name: Past Programs.
487,000.00312012-05-31Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21200619/-- Program name: Past Programs.
222,700.00552011-12-01Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41100612/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
340,000.00412011-09-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31100670/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
416,000.00372011-09-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/31100697/-- Program name: Past Programs.
82,500.00742010-12-09Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/41000615/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
420,000.00362010-06-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/21000615/-- Program name: Past Programs.
380,000.00382009-12-10Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40900647/-- Program name: Past Programs.
260,000.00462009-09-24Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30900692/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
463,000.00332009-06-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/20900703/-- Program name: Past Programs.
35,000.00792008-10-27Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40800610/-- Program name: Past Programs.
321,000.00442008-09-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30800717/-- Program name: Past Programs.
33,000.00802008-03-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10800659/-- Program name: Past Programs.
429,000.00352008-03-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10800653/-- Program name: Past Programs.
91,000.00722008-03-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10800671/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,750,000.0042007-12-11Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40700657/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
250,000.00482007-10-03Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30700740/-- Program name: Past Programs.
5,685.00932007-07-23Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30700625/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
260,000.00462007-06-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/20700637/-- Program name: Past Programs.
22,200.00852007-03-16Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10700714/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,500,000.0052007-03-16Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10700715/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,000,000.00102006-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40600667/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,100,000.0092006-12-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40600622/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
150,000.00622006-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40600668/-- Program name: Past Programs.
110,000.00662006-09-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30600753/-- Program name: Past Programs.
234,000.00522006-09-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30600752/-- Program name: Past Programs.
91,000.00722004-06-11Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/20400628/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,755,000.0032003-12-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/40300698/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
1,000,000.00102003-09-19Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30300637/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
172,000.00602003-03-21Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10300675/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
2,300.00942002-06-21Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/20200736/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
750,000.00182002-03-29Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10200768/-- Program name: Other.
15,000.00872002-03-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10200742/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
850,000.00172002-03-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10200660/-- Program name: Past Programs.
750,000.00182002-01-25Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10200635/-- Program name: Other.
25,000.00822001-07-20Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/30100608/-- Program name: Past Programs.
24,000.00842001-06-15Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/20100683/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
250,000.00482000-03-20Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10000652/-- Program name: Past Programs.
120,000.00652000-03-20Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/10000656/-- Program name: Past Programs.
950,000.00141999-06-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29900697/-- Program name: Past Programs.
225,000.00531999-03-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/19900628/-- Program name: Past Programs.
953,000.00131998-12-14Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/49800706/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
29,000.00811998-09-09Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39800638/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
600,000.00231997-09-12Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39700659/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
225,000.00531997-06-09Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29700631/-- Program name: Past Programs.
900,000.00151996-09-20Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39600667/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,500,000.0051995-12-18Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/49500628/-- Program name: Past Programs.
175,000.00581994-12-12Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/49400862/-- Program name: Past Programs.
600,000.00231994-06-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29400539/-- Program name: Past Programs.
50,000.00751993-10-08Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39300176/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
900,000.00151993-10-08Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39300239/-- Program name: Past Programs.
100,000.00671993-10-08Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39300252/-- Program name: Other.
700,000.00201992-10-09Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/39200218/-- Program name: Past Programs.
450,000.00341991-06-10Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29100113/-- Program name: Past Programs.
170,000.00611990-06-11Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29000156/-- Program name: Past Programs.
250,000.00481990-06-11Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/29000155/-- Program name: Past Programs.
15,000.00871989-06-12Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/28900085/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
100,000.00671989-06-12Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/28900120/-- Program name: Past Programs.
700,000.00201988-12-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/48800132/-- Program name: Past Programs.
200,000.00571987-10-07Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/38700006/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
300,000.00451987-10-07Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/38700041/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
175,000.00581986-12-18Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/48600036/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
25,000.00821984-10-02Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/38400045/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
15,000.00871983-03-16Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/18300047/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00671981-06-17Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/28100052/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
19,400.00861978-03-29Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/17800023/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
12,938.00911978-03-29Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/17800024/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
325,000.00431977-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/47700029/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00671976-12-08Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/47600025/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
15,000.00871974-04-03Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/17400029/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
100,000.00671973-03-13Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/17300027/-- Program name: Past Programs.
500,000.00281971-12-14Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/47100022/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
150,000.00621970-06-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/smithsonian-institution/27000021/-- Program name: Past Programs.