John Merck Fund donations made to University of California, Davis

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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 UCDavis
Twitter usernameucdavis
Wikipedia page,_Davis
Instagram usernameucdavis

Full donee page for donee University of California, Davis

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 3 300,000 493,833 181,500 181,500 181,500 181,500 300,000 300,000 300,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Developmental Disabilities 3 300,000 493,833 181,500 181,500 181,500 181,500 300,000 300,000 300,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

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 2012 2003
Developmental Disabilities (filter this donor) 3 1,481,500.00 181,500.00 1,000,000.00 300,000.00
Total 3 1,481,500.00 181,500.00 1,000,000.00 300,000.00

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 (3 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
181,500.0032018-12Developmental Disabilities To mine data from Dr. David Hessl’s original study using computer-based cognitive training for young people with Fragile X syndrome, in order to glean more insight about what factors contribute to improved working memory and executive function in study participants.
1,000,000.0012012-12Developmental Disabilities Focus: Translational Research ProgramTo evaluate the efficacy of Cogmed, a cognitive training program that enhances working memory and executive function, in individuals with Fragile X Syndrome, in a research project by David Hessl, PhD. Four-year grant 2012-2016.
300,000.0022003-04Developmental Disabilities Focus: John Merck Scholars I ProgramTo support John Merck Scholar Kimberley McAllister’s research on cellular mechanisms of mental retardation.