Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to University of Pittsburgh

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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 upitt
Websitehttp://www.pitt.edu/
Twitter usernamePittTweet
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pittsburgh

Full donee page for donee University of Pittsburgh

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 29 350,000 556,759 15,000 30,000 200,000 240,000 250,000 350,000 620,000 782,000 940,000 1,500,000 1,650,000
Scholarly Communications 10 600,000 469,700 15,000 15,000 25,000 30,000 100,000 600,000 726,000 750,000 782,000 819,000 850,000
Other 9 566,000 630,444 150,000 150,000 248,000 250,000 250,000 566,000 620,000 940,000 1,000,000 1,650,000 1,650,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 8 250,000 654,375 200,000 200,000 210,000 225,000 250,000 250,000 350,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Past Programs 2 240,000 270,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000

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 2016 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2007 2004 2003 2001 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1988 1984 1979
Other (filter this donor) 9 5,674,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 566,000.00 150,000.00 1,190,000.00 620,000.00 498,000.00 1,650,000.00 0.00 0.00
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 8 5,235,000.00 225,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 350,000.00 0.00 0.00 210,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 250,000.00
Scholarly Communications (filter this donor) 10 4,697,000.00 0.00 850,000.00 726,000.00 819,000.00 0.00 600,000.00 850,000.00 782,000.00 0.00 15,000.00 25,000.00 30,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 2 540,000.00 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 0.00 240,000.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00
Total 29 16,146,000.00 225,000.00 850,000.00 1,726,000.00 819,000.00 1,500,000.00 600,000.00 850,000.00 782,000.00 1,500,000.00 365,000.00 25,000.00 30,000.00 1,210,000.00 566,000.00 150,000.00 1,190,000.00 620,000.00 738,000.00 1,650,000.00 200,000.00 550,000.00

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 (29 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 29)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
225,000.00222018-09-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/1802-05378/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
850,000.0072016-06-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/21600666/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,000,000.0042014-12-04Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/41400662/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
726,000.00112014-03-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/11400674/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
819,000.0082013-06-06Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/21300668/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0022011-03-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/11100638/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
600,000.00132010-06-18Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/21000678/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
750,000.00102009-03-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/10900645/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
100,000.00262009-01-26Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/10900630/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
782,000.0092007-12-11Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/40700639/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0022004-03-19Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/10400652/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
350,000.00152003-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/40300694/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
15,000.00292003-11-21Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/40300622/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
25,000.00282001-02-02Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/10100616/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
30,000.00271996-01-10Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/19600605/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,000,000.0041995-12-18Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/49500654/-- Program name: Other.
210,000.00231995-12-18Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/49500623/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
566,000.00141994-06-17Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/29400557/-- Program name: Other.
150,000.00251993-06-07Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/29300165/-- Program name: Other.
940,000.0061992-12-14Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/49200323/-- Program name: Other.
250,000.00171992-04-04Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/19200033/-- Program name: Other.
620,000.00121991-12-09Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/49100273/-- Program name: Other.
250,000.00171990-09-28Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/39000242/-- Program name: Other.
248,000.00201990-06-11Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/29000161/-- Program name: Other.
240,000.00211990-03-30Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/19000037/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,650,000.0011988-12-15Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/48800162/-- Program name: Other.
200,000.00241984-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/48400048/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00171979-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/47900066/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00161979-12-12Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/university-of-pittsburgh/47900067/-- Program name: Past Programs.