Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donations made to Vanderbilt University

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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 vanderbilt
Websitehttp://www.vanderbilt.edu
Twitter usernamevanderbiltu
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_University
Instagram usernameexplore
Tumblr subdomainvanderbiltu

Full donee page for donee Vanderbilt 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 41 225,000 427,437 12,500 35,000 100,000 200,000 207,000 225,000 266,200 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,930,000
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities 22 250,000 517,518 12,500 33,000 145,700 200,000 207,000 250,000 500,000 750,000 750,000 1,475,000 1,930,000
Scholarly Communications 4 47,000 80,750 27,000 27,000 27,000 47,000 47,000 47,000 100,000 100,000 149,000 149,000 149,000
Arts and Cultural Heritage 1 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200 44,200
Diversity 1 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300 77,300
Past Programs 11 225,000 308,636 200,000 200,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 250,000 275,000 370,000 600,000 600,000
Other 2 900,000 1,150,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000

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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2008 2005 2001 2000 1997 1995 1994 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1983 1982 1980 1979 1976 1975 1973 1971 1970
Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (filter this donor) 22 11,385,400.00 1,930,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 175,000.00 1,475,000.00 266,200.00 145,700.00 0.00 207,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,500.00 31,000.00 33,000.00 300,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 650,000.00 0.00 0.00 235,000.00 750,000.00 475,000.00 750,000.00 750,000.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00
Past Programs (filter this donor) 11 3,395,000.00 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 0.00 250,000.00 225,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 600,000.00 225,000.00 370,000.00 225,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Other (filter this donor) 2 2,300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 900,000.00 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) 4 323,000.00 47,000.00 0.00 0.00 149,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 27,000.00 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
Diversity (filter this donor) 1 77,300.00 0.00 0.00 77,300.00 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
Arts and Cultural Heritage (filter this donor) 1 44,200.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 44,200.00 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
Total 41 17,524,900.00 1,977,000.00 1,500,000.00 77,300.00 324,000.00 1,475,000.00 266,200.00 145,700.00 44,200.00 207,000.00 100,000.00 27,000.00 1,400,000.00 12,500.00 931,000.00 33,000.00 300,000.00 200,000.00 250,000.00 225,000.00 600,000.00 650,000.00 500,000.00 600,000.00 460,000.00 1,120,000.00 700,000.00 950,000.00 750,000.00 200,000.00 1,000,000.00 500,000.00

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 (41 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 41)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,930,000.0012017-12-07Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/1709-04877/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
47,000.00352017-07-24Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/31700115/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,500,000.0022016-03-10Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/11600625/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
77,300.00342015-08-03Diversityhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/31500112/-- Program name: Diversity.
175,000.00302014-06-05Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/21400613/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
149,000.00312014-03-13Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/11400673/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,475,000.0032013-12-05Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/41300657/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
266,200.00172012-03-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/11200649/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
145,700.00322011-06-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/21100633/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
44,200.00362008-04-07Arts and Cultural Heritagehttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/20800615/-- Program name: Arts and Cultural Heritage.
207,000.00252005-09-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/30500644/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
100,000.00332001-06-15Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/20100662/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
27,000.00402000-08-14Scholarly Communicationshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/30000619/-- Program name: Scholarly Communications.
1,400,000.0041997-06-09Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/29700648/-- Program name: Other.
12,500.00411995-02-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/19500608/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
31,000.00391994-03-25Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/19400214/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
900,000.0061994-03-25Otherhttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/19400229/-- Program name: Other.
33,000.00381992-10-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/39200201/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
300,000.00151991-12-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/49100243/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00261990-09-28Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/39000201/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
250,000.00181989-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/48900243/-- Program name: Past Programs.
225,000.00201988-06-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/28800093/-- Program name: Past Programs.
600,000.00111987-06-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/28700053/-- Program name: Past Programs.
650,000.00101986-10-09Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/38600053/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
225,000.00201985-06-06Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/28500069/-- Program name: Past Programs.
275,000.00161985-03-28Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/18500057/-- Program name: Past Programs.
600,000.00111983-12-14Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/48300054/-- Program name: Past Programs.
35,000.00371982-12-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/48200048/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
225,000.00201982-06-16Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/28200061/-- Program name: Past Programs.
200,000.00261982-03-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/18200057/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
750,000.0071980-12-17Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/48000049/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
370,000.00141980-12-17Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/48000050/-- Program name: Past Programs.
250,000.00181979-12-12Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/47900077/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
225,000.00201979-10-03Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/37900077/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
225,000.00201979-03-28Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/17900071/-- Program name: Past Programs.
750,000.0071976-10-06Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/37600043/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00261976-06-15Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/27600039/-- Program name: Past Programs.
750,000.0071975-04-01Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/17500036/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
200,000.00261973-06-19Past Programshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/27300038/-- Program name: Past Programs.
1,000,000.0051971-12-14Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/47100034/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.
500,000.00131970-06-15Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanitieshttps://mellon.org/grants/grants-database/grants/vanderbilt-university/27000029/-- Program name: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.