John Merck Fund donations made to Ashoka

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
Donations URL
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Full donor page for donor John Merck Fund

Basic donee information

Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Ashoka

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 4 48,580 44,570 30,000 30,000 30,000 48,580 48,580 48,580 49,700 49,700 50,000 50,000 50,000
Environment 3 48,580 42,860 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 48,580 48,580 48,580 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Reproductive Health 1 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700 49,700

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 1992 1989 1987 1986
Environment (filter this donor) 3 128,580.00 0.00 30,000.00 48,580.00 50,000.00
Reproductive Health (filter this donor) 1 49,700.00 49,700.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4 178,280.00 49,700.00 30,000.00 48,580.00 50,000.00

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 (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
49,700.0021992-01Reproductive Health To support Ashoka Fellows working in the family planning and reproductive health fellows.
30,000.0041989-12Environment To support the environmental fellowship program.
48,580.0031987-12Environment To support four Ashoka environmental fellows.
50,000.0011986-10Environment To support the Ashoka environmental fellowship program.