Knight Foundation donations made to Democracy Works

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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Country United States
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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 1,008,000 959,800 45,000 45,000 45,000 205,000 205,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,025,000 1,025,000 2,516,000 2,516,000
Communities 2 45,000 535,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 1,025,000 1,025,000 1,025,000 1,025,000 1,025,000
Technology, Journalism 1 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000 205,000
Technology 2 1,008,000 1,762,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,008,000 2,516,000 2,516,000 2,516,000 2,516,000 2,516,000

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
Technology (filter this donor) 2 3,524,000.00 2,516,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 2 1,070,000.00 0.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 205,000.00 0.00
Total 5 4,799,000.00 2,516,000.00

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

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Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,516,000.0012017-01-23Technology Grant period: 01/02/2017 - 01/07/2020; goal: To improve Americans’ access to information about elections by building digital tools for employers, universities and election administrators to enable voters to more capably participate in our democracy.
1,025,000.002--Communities Grant period: 03/18/2013 - 03/18/2017; goal: To grow TurboVote, a digital tool that makes registering and voting easier, and expand to Knight resident communities.
45,000.005--Communities Grant period: 06/01/2012 - 01/31/2013; goal: To support TurboVote's deployment, testing, and expansion on college campuses in Miami TurboVote, an up-and-coming startup, wants to become the “Netflix of voting” by revolutionizing voter registration and vote by mail via the Internet and snail mail. The concept is simple: Users fill out voter registration or vote by mail forms on their Internet browser, then TurboVote prints an official document based on that data. TurboVote sends users a paper copy through snail mail along with an envelope pre-printed with the address of each user’s local voter election board — very much how Netflix’s original business model works. Once a user gets the form and envelope, all they’ve got to do is sign the form, stuff it in the envelope and drop it in the mail. But that’s not all: TurboVote also send users text message reminders when registration or voting deadlines are approaching to remind them to get their paperwork in the mail. Reminders are sent for elections at every level of government, including local, state and federal.
1,008,000.003--Technology Grant period: 01/09/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: To promote open information systems by scaling two voting information tools, while engaging government and nonprofit partners with technology that adds transparency to the voting process.
205,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2013; goal: To support TurboVote, an online platform for registering, finding election information, and voting by mail. This grant will fund the development and expansion of TurboVote, a one-stop platform that helps users register to vote, provides local election information, and guides users through the process of voting by mail. The system will provide personalized information including election office contacts, voting details, and candidate information. By enabling the scale and deployment of TurboVote, this grant will create a lasting service aimed at making voting easier. In the 2012 election this service will simplify the voting process for at least 500,000 users, most of whom will be college students—a group frequently disadvantaged by the complexity and rigidity of voting procedures. In the process, TurboVote will create a number of local election information datasets, which other groups will use for other projects and tools.