John Templeton Foundation donations made to Yale 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 YaleUniversity
Twitter usernameyale
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameyale
Tumblr subdomainyaleuniversity
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Yale 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 8 232,488 890,306 197,739 197,739 214,619 226,061 232,488 232,488 839,637 1,452,948 1,500,000 2,458,952 2,458,952
Philosophy and Theology 1 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739 197,739
Human Sciences 4 232,488 1,089,752 214,619 214,619 214,619 232,488 232,488 232,488 1,452,948 1,452,948 2,458,952 2,458,952 2,458,952
Natural Sciences 3 839,637 855,233 226,061 226,061 226,061 226,061 839,637 839,637 839,637 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000

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 2017 2016 2015 2014
Human Sciences (filter this donor) 4 4,359,007.00 214,619.00 0.00 1,452,948.00 2,691,440.00
Natural Sciences (filter this donor) 3 2,565,698.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 839,637.00 226,061.00
Philosophy and Theology (filter this donor) 1 197,739.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 197,739.00
Total 8 7,122,444.00 214,619.00 1,500,000.00 2,292,585.00 3,115,240.00

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
214,619.0072017Human Sciences For project Beyond Positivism: Re-Imagining the Social Sciences?; Project leaders: Philip Gorski,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
1,500,000.0022016Natural Sciences For project A tabletop-scale experiment to probe for new particles and forces responsible for the predominance of matter over antimatter in the Universe; Project leaders: David DeMille. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
839,637.0042015Natural Sciences For project How do novel cell types arise in evolution?; Project leaders: Gunter Wagner. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
1,452,948.0032015Human Sciences For project Understanding the Origins of Agape Love: Developmental Insights into the Psychology of Us and Them; Project leaders: Karen Wynn,Yarrow Dunham. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
232,488.0052014Human Sciences For project “Everything Happens for a Reason”: Seeing God’s Handiwork Behind Life Events; Project leaders: Paul Bloom. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
226,061.0062014Natural Sciences For project Superfluid optomechanics as a probe of macroscopic quantum effects; Project leaders: Jack Harris. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
197,739.0082014Philosophy and Theology For project Planning Grant: Theology of Joy; Project leaders: Miroslav Volf,. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.
2,458,952.0012014Human Sciences For project Human Flourishing and Critical Realism in the Social Sciences; Project leaders: Philip Gorski, Margarita Mooney. Affected regions: USA; affected countries: FIXME.