Knight Foundation donations made to Michigan State University

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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
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 spartans.msu
Twitter usernamemichiganstateu
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamemichiganstateu

Full donee page for donee Michigan State 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 50,000 738,333 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000
Communities, Arts 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
Arts 1 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Technology, Journalism 1 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000 2,150,000

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 2018
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 2,150,000.00 0.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 50,000.00
Communities, Arts (filter this donor) 1 15,000.00 0.00
Total 3 2,215,000.00 50,000.00

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)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0022018-07-03Arts Grant period: 07/13/2018 - 07/15/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Creating a system of smart labels that combine ultra-thin touch displays and microcomputers to deliver interactive informational content about artwork to audiences.Project lead: Brian Kirschensteiner, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan; @msubroad.
15,000.003--Communities, Arts Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 06/01/2008; goal: To provide underwriting support for the Wharton Center's 25th anniversary celebration on October 14, 2007.
2,150,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 04/30/2011; goal: To expand the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism in partnership with the university and launch an endowment campaign In the United States, some 2,500 to 5,000 journalists write regularly about the environment. But as many as 20,000 general assignment reporters occasionally write environmental stories. This project addresses the need for training by supporting a major outreach effort, in partnership with Michigan State University. Jim Detjen, the Knight Chair for Environmental Journalism, has directed the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism since 1999. Activities include: developing a master’s degree specialization in environmental journalism, which the university will continue in perpetuity; holding at least 20 training events; expanding the center’s web site to offer on-line modules; developing a broadcast course; producing a textbook; and launching an endowment campaign.