John Merck Fund donations made to Princeton University

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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

Facebook page princetonu
Twitter usernameprinceton
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameprinceton_university
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Princeton University

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 7 100,000 137,143 25,000 25,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 150,000 225,000 285,000 285,000
Disarmament 5 100,000 90,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 75,000 75,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 150,000 150,000
Environment 2 225,000 255,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 285,000 285,000 285,000 285,000 285,000

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 2001 1999 1997 1995 1993 1989
Environment (filter this donor) 2 510,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 285,000.00 225,000.00
Disarmament (filter this donor) 5 450,000.00 100,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 960,000.00 100,000.00 150,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 285,000.00 225,000.00

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 (7 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
25,000.0072001-10Disarmament To provide a final grant for general support.
75,000.0062001-09Disarmament To promote nuclear nonproliferation through research, analysis, training and collaboration.
150,000.0031999-07Disarmament To support the Program on Nuclear Policy Alternatives, which promotes nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation through research, analysis, training and collaboration.
100,000.0041997-07Disarmament To provide independent research and policy analysis on nuclear disarmament.
100,000.0041995-06Disarmament To develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to secure and minimize the use of weapons-useable fissile material.
285,000.0011993-01Environment To support research on fuel cell technology, which could be used to power low-emission, energy-efficient vehicles.
225,000.0021989-12Environment To conduct research on energy efficiency technologies and alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear power, including photovoltaically generated hydrogen fuel and sustainable burning of biomass material.