John Merck Fund donations made to Cooperative Development Institute

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.

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Donations URL
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
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Full donor page for donor John Merck Fund

Basic donee information

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Full donee page for donee Cooperative Development Institute

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 6 30,000 47,833 22,000 22,000 25,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 120,000 120,000
Capacity Building 1 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000 22,000
Regional Food Systems 4 30,000 36,250 25,000 25,000 25,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Environment 1 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 1999
Regional Food Systems (filter this donor) 4 145,000.00 40,000.00 25,000.00 30,000.00 50,000.00 0.00
Environment (filter this donor) 1 120,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 120,000.00
Capacity Building (filter this donor) 1 22,000.00 22,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 6 287,000.00 62,000.00 25,000.00 30,000.00 50,000.00 120,000.00

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 (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
40,000.0032018-12Regional Food Systems To support new American farmers and food leaders in achieving greater economic security and opportunity by increasing revenue from wholesale markets, securing funding and financing, and becoming more integrated and active in the local and regional food system.
22,000.0062018-08Capacity Building To more effectively engage a broader constituency—particularly people of color—as clients, staff, board, and partners.
25,000.0052017-12Regional Food Systems To support new American farmers in Maine and the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts and Connecticut to generate greater economic security for themselves, healthy food for local communities, and models for cooperative farm business development for the region’s farmers.
30,000.0042016-12Regional Food Systems To support immigrant farmers in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, with technical assistance to access farmland and then sell their products into wholesale markets, including institutions, as well as directly to consumers.
50,000.0022015-06Regional Food Systems To create a real alternative to the giants in food service by establishing the Maine Farm and Sea Food Service Cooperative, which will bring together farmers, fishermen, distributors, food service workers, chefs, and consumers in cooperative ownership to provide local foods to institutions in Maine, aiming first at the University of Maine system.
120,000.0011999-09Environment To support a Green Energy Communications and Marketing Initiative building upon existing Cooperative Development Institute communication services to assist member energy cooperatives in marketing their green energy products throughout the Institute’s cooperatives network and beyond.