John Merck Fund donations made to Energy Foundation

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Basic donor information

Country United States
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Full donor page for donor John Merck Fund

Basic donee information

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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 9 25,000 32,222 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000 25,000 25,000 40,000 50,000 50,000 75,000 75,000
Clean Energy 7 25,000 30,714 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000 15,000 25,000 40,000 40,000 50,000 75,000 75,000
Environment 2 25,000 37,500 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000

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 2019 2017 2016 2015 2010 2008 1992
Clean Energy (filter this donor) 7 215,000.00 5,000.00 70,000.00 75,000.00 15,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00
Environment (filter this donor) 2 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 25,000.00
Total 9 290,000.00 5,000.00 70,000.00 75,000.00 15,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 25,000.00

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

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (9 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
5,000.0082019-01Clean Energy Focus: TransportationTo organize a third national electric vehicles advocates meeting in Ann Arbor, Michgan.
25,000.0052017-12Clean Energy To use strategic communications to enhance and expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
5,000.0082017-07Clean Energy Focus: TransportationTo organize a national electric vehicles advocates meeting.
40,000.0042017-06Clean Energy Focus: Efficiency/RenewablesTo support engagement of key industry and environmental stakeholders to secure a strong outcome for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program Review.
75,000.0012016-06Clean Energy To support engagement of key industry and environmental interests on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Program Review.
15,000.0072015-02Clean Energy Focus: Increase Efficiency/RenewablesTo support travel for New England participants to attend the Electric Vehicle Forum and the Energy Efficiency Advocates meeting.
50,000.0022010-09Clean Energy Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo supplement a broader philanthropic effort to retire targeted coal plants in the Midwest by making quick turnaround funds available for rapidly developing campaign needs.
50,000.0022008-04Environment To complement existing efforts to resist new, conventional coal-fired power plants in the Midwest with financial support that can be provided to respond rapidly to emerging developments.
25,000.0051992-05Environment To produce a study analyzing the job creation potential of an aggressive, national program for installing energy efficient technologies in existing residential and commercial buildings.