Knight Foundation donations made to Aspen Institute

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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 12 250,000 439,999 30,000 50,000 175,000 200,000 215,000 250,000 500,000 500,000 600,000 809,991 1,700,000
Communities 4 215,000 248,750 30,000 30,000 30,000 215,000 215,000 215,000 250,000 250,000 500,000 500,000 500,000
Arts 1 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Technology, Journalism 5 600,000 756,998 175,000 175,000 175,000 500,000 500,000 600,000 600,000 809,991 809,991 1,700,000 1,700,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 2 200,000 225,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Note: Cause area classification used here may not match that used by donor for all cases.

Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 5 3,784,991.00
Communities (filter this donor) 4 995,000.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 2 450,000.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00
Total 12 5,279,991.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (12 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
500,000.004--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014; goal: To launch the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, which will demonstrate new, effective ways that community stakeholders can engage to solve problems and seize opportunity The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions will spotlight communities that are successfully engaging every day citizens, practitioners and leaders in making significant headway on local issues, and share their knowledge, resources and tools nationwide; it will also build an incentive fund to galvanize similar work in more communities. Melody C. Barnes, former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, will chair the Aspen Forum. “The time is now to bring together leaders and advocates across party lines and all sectors – business, education, non-profit, philanthropy, and government — to move the needle on the challenges facing our communities. Cities and towns around the country are deploying this collaborative strategy successfully, and we’re going to ensure others can do the same,” said Barnes.
30,000.0012--Communities Grant period: 08/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; goal: To help leading mainstream business media understand the importance and value of shifting toward a more strategic long term economic strategy.
500,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/30/2013 - 12/31/2014; goal: To support the 2013-14 Forum on Communication and Society at the Aspen Institute, focused on the the theme of open government.
200,000.009--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: To underwrite the cost of Aspen Institute's Forum on Communications and Society that analyzed issues of networks and citizenship and proposed strategies to improved access to information and participation for individuals and communities.
50,000.0011--Arts Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2013; goal: To elevate the national arts conversation by convening a group of distinguished leaders to discuss and promote critical issues in the arts through the Arts Strategy Group, hosted by the Aspen Institute.
175,000.0010--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2006 - 12/01/2008; goal: To help national media policy makers understand community media issues by holding roundtables and a conference The Aspen Institute convenes leaders to discuss their foremost challenges. In America today, local media face challenges as large as anyone's. Their audiences are fragmenting, shifting from boundary-spanning traditional media to media that is online, targeted or free. National policy, which sets the rules under which local media can thrive or wither, also is in a period of transition, with media consolidation, "localism," and "net neutrality," among the important issues. Aspen Institute will hold two roundtable sessions and conduct a “conference track’’ on policy change that would align national policy with community needs and concerns. A report will be widely distributed and posted on
1,700,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 01/31/2011; goal: To call national attention to the issue by creating a high-level Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
600,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To focus the Aspen Forum on Communication and Society on issues of media and community.
809,991.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2012; goal: To advance a detailed national policy discussion of the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
250,000.006--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2011 - 03/31/2012; goal: To analyze issues of Internet unity, governance and structure and propose strategies to increase global Internet freedom The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy was a blue ribbon panel of seventeen media, policy and community leaders that met in 2008 and 2009. Its purpose was to assess the information needs of communities, and recommend measures to help Americans better meet those needs. Its Report, Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, was the first major commission on media since the Hutchins Commission in the 1940’s and the Kerner and Carnegie Commissions of the 1960’s. In the digital age, technological, economic and behavioral changes are dramatically altering how Americans communicate. Information is more fragmented. Communications systems no longer run along the same lines as local governance. The gap in access to digital tools and skills is wide and troubling. This new era poses major challenges to the flow of news and information people depend on to manage their complex lives. The Commission’s aims are to maximize the availability and flow of credible local information; to enhance access and capacity to use the new tools of knowledge and exchange; and to encourage people to engage with […].
215,000.008--Communities Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 01/31/2013; goal: To support the 2012 Forum on Communication and Society (FOCAS) event in Aspen, Colorado, focused on next steps for the open government field.
250,000.006--Communities Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 03/31/2008; goal: To support the Aspen Institute's Congressional Program on U.S. Policy in Latin Affairs including immigration.