Knight Foundation donations made to Do Something

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

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username knightfdn
Donations URL
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

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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 4 200,000 527,500 60,000 60,000 60,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 350,000 350,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Communities 2 60,000 780,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Technology, Journalism 1 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Technology 1 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000

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 1,560,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 350,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 200,000.00
Total 4 2,110,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
350,000.002--Technology Grant period: 01/14/2014 - 08/13/2015; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To scale Crisis Text Line, a service providing crisis counseling to teens via SMS, by launching nationwide and aggregating anonymized data to increase understanding of teen crisis across the country. Now in beta, Crisis Text Line provides youth with free counseling via text message, and so far has helped teens in crisis with more than 10,000 text conversations. Created by one of the largest organizations for teens and social change in the country,, Crisis Text Line provides intervention and referral services from live, trained counselors, reaching teens through their preferred means of communication: SMS. With challenge funding, Crisis Text Line will both launch the service nationally and create what they expect will be one of the largest database on teens in crisis in the country. The anonymously aggregated data could be used to inform academic research, test new approaches and measure the effectiveness of mental health interventions.
1,500,000.001--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support the development of an SMS-based mobile platform designed to increase the number of teenagers engaged in community service and to keep them active and engaged proposes to triple the number of teens engaged in community action by changing its own operational model, adding new mobile-phone texting capabilities and a membership approach that encourages sustained engagement and increased leadership by teens. Through this Mobile Membership Model, DoSomething plans on engaging more than five million teens over the next four years through peer-to-peer encouragement, school engagement clubs and active recruitment by their sponsoring corporate partners through their marketing efforts.
60,000.004--Communities Grant period: 03/01/2011 - 02/29/2012; goal: To support the development of a technology plan for an SMS-based mobile membership platform designed to increase the number of participants and incentivize increased action and retention.
200,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/12/2013 - 03/31/2014; goal: To support the planning for the establishment of a Crisis Text Line to assist teens in crisis.