John Merck Fund donations made to Commonweal

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Websitehttps://www.jmfund.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.jmfund.org/about-us/
Grant application process pagehttps://www.jmfund.org/for-grantseekers/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/john-merck-fund

Full donor page for donor John Merck Fund

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Commonweal in our system.

Full donee page for donee Commonweal

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 16 60,000 86,688 30,000 32,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 75,000 90,000 100,000 200,000 250,000
Environment 10 50,000 98,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 75,000 75,000 160,000 200,000 250,000
Health and Environment 6 60,000 67,833 32,000 32,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 75,000 90,000 90,000 100,000 100,000

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 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Environment (filter this donor) 10 980,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 160,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 115,000.00 275,000.00 30,000.00 250,000.00
Health and Environment (filter this donor) 6 407,000.00 32,000.00 60,000.00 165,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 16 1,387,000.00 32,000.00 60,000.00 165,000.00 150,000.00 160,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 115,000.00 275,000.00 30,000.00 250,000.00

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

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (16 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 16)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
32,000.00152013-10Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To disseminate “A Story of Health,” an e-book and an online continuing education course.
60,000.0092012-09Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To delay, reduce, or prevent diseases and disabilities throughout life that are influenced by environmental factors.
75,000.0062011-09Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To use the findings of the Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging report to engage senior citizens’ organizations and members in promoting policies that foster healthier living for all ages.
90,000.0052011-03Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To educate national learning and developmental disabilities organizations and neurodegenerative disease organizations about environmental links to neurological disabilities, increase collaboration among them, cultivate opportunities for them to support chemicals policy reforms, and translate relevant emerging science for their use.
50,000.00102010-06Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To use the findings of the Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging report to engage senior citizens’ organizations and their memberships in promoting policies that will foster healthier living for all ages.
100,000.0042010-03Health and Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To educate national learning and developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative disease groups about environmental links to neurological disabilities, increase collaboration among them, cultivate opportunities for them to support chemical policy reforms, and translate relevant emerging science for their use.
160,000.0032009-03Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To educate national learning and developmental disabilities groups about environmental links to learning disabilities, translate emerging science, cultivate opportunities to support chemical policy reform, and increase collaboration and partnerships among groups.
50,000.00102008-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To build capacity within state-based groups to undertake strategic biomonitoring projects and improve biomonitoring project designs.
50,000.00102007-02Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To use biomonitoring as a technical tool in support of chemicals policies that better protect human and ecosystem health.
50,000.00102006-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To hold the first national conference that explores potential links between Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases and exposures to chemicals in the environment. The conference will provide a discussion forum that is conducive to interaction among researchers, health care providers and people affected by Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.
75,000.0062005-12Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To use biomonitoring as a scientific tool that protects human and ecosystem health and informs chemicals policy.
40,000.00142005-03Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To conduct a six- to eight-month scoping process intended to lead to the development of a resource to assist the religious and spiritual community in engaging in environmental health issues and campaigns.
75,000.0062004-09Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To create a centralized source of information about biomonitoring projects, data, collection protocols, and communications strategies for organizations interested in chemical body burden and environmental testing.
200,000.0022004-02Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To support the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative, which will build and strengthen links between environmental health and developmental and learning disabilities constituencies.
30,000.00162003-06Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To establish policies and programs implementing the Precautionary Principle in the San Francisco Bay Area; to promote its replication in municipalities and communities elsewhere; to strengthen and broaden the existing coalition of activists working to achieve its implementation; and to educate and inform the Bay Area public about the viability and purpose of the Precautionary Principle.
250,000.0012002-02Environmenthttps://www.jmfund.org/program-grants/-- To develop state and national alliances of constituencies with health problems linked to chemical exposures and the health professionals who support them; to develop these alliances within the learning and developmental disability communities nationally; to strengthen public and professional awareness of existing science linking health outcomes to chemical exposure and to encourage further scientific understanding of these linkages; and to link these alliances of chemically health-affected groups and health professionals who support them to public policy campaigns such as the precautionary principle or the phase-out of persistent, bioaccumulative toxins.