Knight Foundation donations made to Jefferson Institute

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Country United States
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Facebook username knightfdn
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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 5 62,000 123,520 15,000 15,000 15,000 50,000 50,000 62,000 62,000 243,600 243,600 247,000 247,000
Technology 1 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
Technology, Journalism 3 62,000 118,533 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 62,000 62,000 62,000 243,600 243,600 243,600 243,600
Communities 1 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000 247,000

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) 3 355,600.00
Communities (filter this donor) 1 247,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 15,000.00
Total 5 617,600.00

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
247,000.001--Communities Grant period: 08/01/2012 - 07/31/2013; goal: To pilot in Macon a new way for libraries to engage patrons by digitizing its unique local materials and creating new digital content from it.
15,000.005--Technology Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 07/01/2013; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: For a proof of concept to match news and social sentiment with polling and socioeconomic demographics to create an open public opinion reporting and analysis tool. The Jefferson Institute, creator of the demographic data project Patchwork Nation, will test its concept for a research tool allowing journalists and others to overlay demographic, geographic and public opinion data with social media data and sentiment analysis. Jefferson Institute hopes this tool will surface new insights about how different communities engage with current events.
62,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 01/01/2007 - 01/01/2008; goal: To study the economic value of journalism training internationally and recommend how training centers can sustain themselves.
243,600.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create open source tools that make community news and information easy to visualize As more information becomes available online, the challenge is to easily find, use and make sense of huge amounts of complicated data. Data visualizations are powerful depictions of abstract information that can reach millions of people by creating clear pictures that effectively communicate what the numbers actually mean. Unfortunately, the tools to create these visual representations are usually too expensive and difficult for smaller news organizations and everyday citizens to use, creating a gap for the future of community journalism. This grant will create a suite of easy-to-use tools for anyone to use on any standard set of data ranging from government databases to demographics and statistics.
50,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2006 - 04/01/2007; goal: To digitize key parts of the Serbian military archive, create a searchable database and train Serbian journalists to use it.