John Templeton Foundation donations made to University of Chicago

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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 UChicago
Twitter usernameUChicago
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameUChicago

Full donee page for donee University of Chicago

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 11 2,000,000 2,239,099 101,819 168,871 259,445 449,995 1,996,214 2,000,000 2,639,452 3,558,995 3,594,166 4,661,130 5,200,000
Philosophy and Theology 5 3,558,995 3,103,632 101,819 101,819 101,819 1,996,214 1,996,214 3,558,995 3,558,995 4,661,130 4,661,130 5,200,000 5,200,000
Human Sciences 4 2,000,000 2,100,622 168,871 168,871 168,871 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,639,452 2,639,452 3,594,166 3,594,166 3,594,166
Natural Sciences 2 259,445 354,720 259,445 259,445 259,445 259,445 259,445 259,445 449,995 449,995 449,995 449,995 449,995

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 2012 2011
Philosophy and Theology (filter this donor) 5 15,518,158.00 1,996,214.00 4,661,130.00 8,758,995.00 0.00 101,819.00
Human Sciences (filter this donor) 4 8,402,489.00 2,000,000.00 168,871.00 0.00 6,233,618.00 0.00
Natural Sciences (filter this donor) 2 709,440.00 0.00 259,445.00 449,995.00 0.00 0.00
Total 11 24,630,087.00 3,996,214.00 5,089,446.00 9,208,990.00 6,233,618.00 101,819.00

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 (11 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 11)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,000,000.0062015Human Sciences For project Developing the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom; Project leaders: Howard Nusbaum. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
1,996,214.0072015Philosophy and Theology For project Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life; Project leaders: Candace Vogler,Jennifer Frey. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
168,871.00102014Human Sciences For project Scientific Discoveries & Theological Realities- Exploring the Intersection of Islam and the Human Sciences; Project leaders: Aasim Padela. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
4,661,130.0022014Philosophy and Theology For project The Enhancing Life Project; Project leaders: William Schweiker,Guenter Thomas. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
259,445.0092014Natural Sciences For project Experimental Probe of Quantum Space-time; Project leaders: Craig Hogan,Stephan Meyer. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
449,995.0082013Natural Sciences For project Dynamics of Non-Abelian Anyons in¬ the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect; Project leaders: Woowon Kang,Paul Wiegmann. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
5,200,000.0012013Philosophy and Theology For project Metaknowledge Network: Knowledge About Knowledge to Answer the Big Questions; Project leaders: James Evans. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
3,558,995.0042013Philosophy and Theology For project Arete Big Questions Accelerator; Project leaders: Donald Levy,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
2,639,452.0052012Human Sciences For project Towards Medicine as a Spiritual Practice: The Project on Medicine and Religion Clinical Scholars Program; Project leaders: Daniel Sulmasy,Farr Curlin. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
3,594,166.0032012Human Sciences For project Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose; Project leaders: Richard Thaler, Eugene Caruso. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
101,819.00112011Philosophy and Theology For project Darwin’s Theory Then and Now: the Historical Foundations of Darwin’s Theory and Its Contemporary Implications for Understanding Human Nature; Project leaders: Robert Richards. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.