John Merck Fund donations made to Brennan Center for Justice

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

We do not have any donee information for the donee Brennan Center for Justice in our system.

Full donee page for donee Brennan Center for Justice

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 35,000 41,667 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 65,000 65,000 65,000 65,000
Civic Engagement 2 25,000 45,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 65,000 65,000 65,000 65,000 65,000
International Human Rights 1 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000

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 2009 2007 2004
Civic Engagement (filter this donor) 2 90,000.00 0.00 65,000.00 25,000.00
International Human Rights (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00 35,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 3 125,000.00 35,000.00 65,000.00 25,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

Graph of spending should have loaded here

Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

Graph of spending should have loaded here

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
35,000.0022009-03International Human Rights To promote an independent, nonpartisan commission dedicated to examining the aspects of US counterterrorism policies that pose the greatest threat to America’s democratic values.
65,000.0012007-09Civic Engagement To research and develop a comprehensive set of legislative options to counteract abuses of federal executive privilege during the last six years. An effective law would define and limit executive privilege, clarify what communications it applies to and specify when Congress can supersede it.
25,000.0032004-07Civic Engagement To develop an independent assessment of direct recording electronic voting machines.