John Templeton Foundation donations made to Duke 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 DukeUniv
Twitter usernameDukeU
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamedukeuniversity
Tumblr subdomaindukestudents
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Duke 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 8 554,790 767,257 34,500 34,500 118,189 400,000 554,790 554,790 612,116 1,241,052 1,294,870 1,882,539 1,882,539
Philosophy and Theology 2 34,500 958,520 34,500 34,500 34,500 34,500 34,500 34,500 1,882,539 1,882,539 1,882,539 1,882,539 1,882,539
Public Engagement 1 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189 118,189
Character Virtue Development 2 400,000 506,058 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 612,116 612,116 612,116 612,116 612,116
Human Sciences 3 1,241,052 1,030,237 554,790 554,790 554,790 554,790 1,241,052 1,241,052 1,241,052 1,294,870 1,294,870 1,294,870 1,294,870

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 2017 2016 2015 2011
Human Sciences (filter this donor) 3 3,090,712.00 1,294,870.00 554,790.00 0.00 0.00 1,241,052.00
Philosophy and Theology (filter this donor) 2 1,917,039.00 0.00 34,500.00 1,882,539.00 0.00 0.00
Character Virtue Development (filter this donor) 2 1,012,116.00 0.00 0.00 612,116.00 0.00 400,000.00
Public Engagement (filter this donor) 1 118,189.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 118,189.00 0.00
Total 8 6,138,056.00 1,294,870.00 589,290.00 2,494,655.00 118,189.00 1,641,052.00

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
1,294,870.0022018Human Sciences For project National Survey of Religious Leaders; Project leaders: Mark Chaves,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
554,790.0052017Human Sciences For project The Embodiment of Worship: Relations Among Postural, Psychological, and Physiological Aspects of Religious Practice; Project leaders: Patty Van Cappellen,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
34,500.0082017Philosophy and Theology For project Recent Work in the Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy of Free Will; Project leaders: Jesse Summers,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
612,116.0042016Character Virtue Development For project Honesty – Building a Virtuous Cycle; Project leaders: Yael Melamede. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
1,882,539.0012016Philosophy and Theology For project Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP); Project leaders: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong,Felipe De Brigard. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
118,189.0072015Public Engagement For project The Square Root of N: Physicians Assessing and Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care; Project leaders: Harold Koenig. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
400,000.0062011Character Virtue Development For project Developing and Deploying Innovative Methods for Assessing Moral Worldviews and Moral Formation; Project leaders: Stephen Vaisey. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
1,241,052.0032011Human Sciences For project Conventional vs. Religious Psychotherapy for Major Depression in Patients with Chronic Illness; Project leaders: Harold Koenig,Michael King. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.