John Merck Fund donations made to Rockefeller Family Fund

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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

We do not have any donee information for the donee Rockefeller Family Fund in our system.

Full donee page for donee Rockefeller Family Fund

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 8 75,000 73,750 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 80,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Defense of the Public Interest 1 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Environment 5 80,000 78,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 80,000 80,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Clean Energy 2 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000 75,000

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 2011 2010 2009 2008 2005 2004 2003 2001
Environment (filter this donor) 5 390,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 80,000.00
Clean Energy (filter this donor) 2 150,000.00 75,000.00 75,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Defense of the Public Interest (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 8 590,000.00 75,000.00 75,000.00 60,000.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 80,000.00

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 (8 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 8)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
75,000.0042011-06Clean Energy Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo demonstrate that new coal-fired power plants are poor investments compared to alternatives and begin retiring existing plants by stopping capital flows.
75,000.0042010-06Clean Energy Focus: Reduce Fossil Fuel UseTo discourage construction of new coal-fired power plants and retire existing plants by providing advocates with analytical tools that demonstrate coal plants are bad investments for shareholders, investors and ratepayers.
60,000.0062009-06Environment To halt the development of new coal-fired power plants by stopping the flow of private and public capital into these investments.
50,000.0072008-06Environment To halt the development of new coal-fired power plants by highlighting the true costs of building and operating them, as well as the risks they represent to potential investors and lenders.
50,000.0072005-09Defense of the Public Interest To provide general support.
100,000.0012004-04Environment To expose the Bush Administration’s poor record of enforcing environmental laws by: working with environmental officials in key states to build support for and implement policies that demonstrate the stark differences between the lax federal approach and more responsible state programs; and helping local organizations in key states solve problems that are symptomatic of the breakdown in the federal system of environmental enforcement.
100,000.0012003-04Environment To improve enforcement of environmental laws and regulations at both state and federal levels, and to blunt concerted attempts by the Bush Administration to weaken enforcement of environmental regulations.
80,000.0032001-09Environment To create the Environmental Task Force, which will monitor and publicize the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency is failing to enforce existing environmental laws.