Knight Foundation donations made to Duke University

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.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username knightfdn
Donations URL
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page DukeUniv
Twitter usernameDukeU
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamedukeuniversity
Tumblr subdomaindukestudents
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Duke University

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 3 150,000 344,667 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 808,000 808,000 808,000 808,000
Technology, Journalism 1 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000 76,000
Journalism 2 150,000 479,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 808,000 808,000 808,000 808,000 808,000

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
Journalism (filter this donor) 2 958,000.00 808,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 76,000.00 0.00
Total 3 1,034,000.00 808,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
808,000.0012017-07-10Journalism Grant period: 07/14/2017 - 07/01/2019; goal: To accelerate innovation in the practice of fact checking by supporting new forms and technological approaches to increase accurate information and reduce the spread of misinformation.
76,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 05/01/2008; goal: For a high-profile debate of ''trial by media" in the aftermath of the Duke lacrosse case.
150,000.002--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2018; goal: For a research fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy to study the framing of philanthropy in the media in Western liberal democracies.