Knight Foundation donations made to Ashoka

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

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This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

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Full donee page for donee Ashoka

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 5 100,000 1,280,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,200,000 3,200,000
Communities 3 50,000 66,667 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Technology, Journalism 1 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 3,000,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 1 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000 3,200,000

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
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 3,200,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 3,000,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 3 200,000.00
Total 5 6,400,000.00

Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.004--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support the Ashoka Support Network Global Summit's first worldwide gathering in Miami aimed at developing a greater and more effective partnership between business leaders and social entrepreneurs.
100,000.003--Communities Grant period: 12/06/2012 - 12/05/2013; goal: To support the Ashoka Future Forum's second gathering aimed at developing partnerships between business leaders and social entrepreneurs to solve social issues.
3,200,000.001--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 12/04/2006 - 11/30/2010; goal: To select 15 promising social entrepreneurs in Knight Communities and to infuse them with the intellectual, financial and social capital required to increase their likelihood of success in their communities To identify and support social entrepreneurs (‘Ashoka Fellows’) around the world whose innovations aim to create systemic social impact by dramatically improving the way people get and use information. The grant created the News and Knowledge program to provide three-year fellowships focused on developing fellow skills and strengthening their networks.
50,000.004--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 10/01/2014; goal: To support Ashoka's Youth Venture, which seeks to enable and inspire young entrepreneurs by providing the skills, training and mentorship to launch and sustain entrepreneurial projects seeking social impact in Miami.
3,000,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To identify and invest in social entrepreneurs in journalism through Ashoka Fellowships Founded in 1980 by social entrepreneur Bill Drayton, Ashoka finds, supports, and advance the impact of leading social entrepreneurs around the world. Since 1981, Ashoka has elected more than 1,800 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows. The fellows are chosen because they have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to create lasting, visible change. As fellows, they are given living stipends, professional support and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries. With the digital revolution turning journalism upside down and inside out, never before has the field had such entrepreneurial opportunity. Ashoka will use its tested selection criteria to find leading social entrepreneurs in journalism, criteria that align with Knight Foundation's elements of transformation.