Knight Foundation donations made to Community Foundation of New Jersey

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Basic donor information

Country United States
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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

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Full donee page for donee Community Foundation of New Jersey

Donor–donee relationship

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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 5 252,000 237,800 35,000 35,000 35,000 250,000 250,000 252,000 252,000 300,000 300,000 352,000 352,000
Technology 1 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000
Technology, Journalism 2 250,000 275,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000
Communities 2 252,000 302,000 252,000 252,000 252,000 252,000 252,000 252,000 352,000 352,000 352,000 352,000 352,000

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
Communities (filter this donor) 2 604,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 2 550,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Total 5 1,189,000.00

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
352,000.001--Communities Grant period: 12/07/2009 - 11/30/2012; goal: To create a public information news service providing always-on website, weekly newsletter and tools for data analysis and web discussion forums Expanding coverage of New Jersey state issues, this grant will help create a public interest news service that provides continuously updated online news, a weekly newsletter and online discussion forums. Analytical articles will provide useful tools so that residents, civic organizations and industry can relate the stories and data to their own communities. Also, the site will provide a place for residents to connect with each other and lawmakers on pressing issues. The site strives to increase local knowledge and understanding of statewide policy.
252,000.003--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 07/31/2014; goal: To expand coverage in an online statewide policy news site, the Community Foundation of New Jersey will help NJ Spotlight increase its health-care coverage and build an online discussion platform. A previous Knight Community Information Challenge winner, NJ Spotlight has established itself as a trusted source of information on critical community issues like public finance, education, energy and the environment. The online discussion forum will build on the site’s successful live “Roundtable” series on public policy issues.
300,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2014 - 02/28/2016; goal: To support business development at NJ Spotlight, enabling strategic investment towards sustainability and journalistic excellence, as part of the Knight Local Media Initiative.
250,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 01/01/2013 - 01/01/2015; goal: To show why media projects should be part of disaster relief funds by creating the Hurricane Sandy Inform and Engage Fund At its core, this is the goal of the Inform and Engage Fund: to recognize the role that reliable, accessible news plays in the health and well-being of New Jersey’s communities as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. The fund also has collaboration as part of its DNA. It is born from collaboration among funders: The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Knight Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation and our own TPF. In seeking applicants, we’ve made clear that projects focused on collaboration and partnership will get preference when it comes to funding. Applicants for funding include legacy news organizations who are challenging their old reputations as lone wolves, not team players; start-up, entrepreneurial projects that are driven by the passion and creativity of one person or a team; public media seeking to move their journalism into action; and universities seeking to feed knowledge into all of these efforts through research and continuing education.
35,000.005--Technology Grant period: 01/26/2016 - 06/24/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Bringing more accountability and transparency to state lawmaking by creating a tracking tool for all major bills passed in New Jersey that would provide information on whether the law was enforced and milestones were met.