Barr Foundation donations made to Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

Country United States
Facebook username BarrFdn
Donations URL
Twitter usernameBarrFdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Full donor page for donor Barr Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page MITnews
Twitter usernamemit
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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 3 175,000 178,333 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 175,000 175,000 175,000 310,000 310,000 310,000 310,000
FIXME 3 175,000 178,333 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 175,000 175,000 175,000 310,000 310,000 310,000 310,000

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 2016 2014
FIXME (filter this donor) 3 535,000.00 225,000.00 310,000.00
Total 3 535,000.00 225,000.00 310,000.00

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 (3 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0032016-09-28FIXME To establish a “Boston Laboratory” initiative at the MIT Media Lab for cultural experimentation and intervention.
175,000.0022016-08-31FIXME To support HUBweek’s new director of Art and Creative Initiatives position and the planning and implementation of its arts, culture, and engagement initiatives.
310,000.0012014-12-03FIXME To refine and integrate two platforms, CityScope and e-BRT, into a LEGOs-based public-engagement tool to advance Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) learning and conversation at the community level.