John Templeton Foundation donations made to Boston University

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Table of contents

Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username TempletonFoundation
Donations URL
Twitter usernametempleton_fdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor John Templeton Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page BostonUniversity
Twitter usernameBU_Tweets
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Boston 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 4 139,676 224,703 137,628 137,628 137,628 139,676 139,676 139,676 199,917 199,917 421,590 421,590 421,590
Character Virtue Development 2 137,628 279,609 137,628 137,628 137,628 137,628 137,628 137,628 421,590 421,590 421,590 421,590 421,590
Natural Sciences 2 139,676 169,797 139,676 139,676 139,676 139,676 139,676 139,676 199,917 199,917 199,917 199,917 199,917

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 2015 2014 2013
Character Virtue Development (filter this donor) 2 559,218.00 559,218.00 0.00 0.00
Natural Sciences (filter this donor) 2 339,593.00 0.00 139,676.00 199,917.00
Total 4 898,811.00 559,218.00 139,676.00 199,917.00

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 (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
137,628.0042015Character Virtue Development For project Developing Curiosity in Adolescents through the Question Formulation Technique; Project leaders: Scott Seider. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
421,590.0012015Character Virtue Development For project Critical Consciousness Combines Civic, Intellectual and Performance Character Virtues to Support Positive Youth Development; Project leaders: Scott Seider. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
139,676.0032014Natural Sciences For project Contingency, Convergence, Cognition: Why Conscious Species are Common in the Universe but Technological Species are Rare; Project leaders: Russell Powell. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
199,917.0022013Natural Sciences For project Quantifying Religious Experience: A New Approach to an Old Problem in Religion-Science Research; Project leaders: Wesley Wildman. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.