Knight Foundation donations made to National Public Radio

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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 6 1,000,000 1,047,500 35,000 35,000 250,000 250,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Technology 1 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000
Technology, Journalism 5 1,500,000 1,250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 2,000,000 2,000,000

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
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 5 6,250,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Total 6 6,285,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,000,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To extend Knight Foundation's digital training of the NPR newsroom by creating 12 local news test sites linked to one another and to NPR. This grant is the test project of the creation of a new local reporting network This project will expand NPR’s reach to local news. The goal is for 12 test sites to become models for the 880 NPR stations across the country. Eventually, we hope each site becomes a local content expert and the linking of all sites with one another and that NPR national creates a new reporting network that focuses specifically on news of local interest. We expect that other NPR sites will join this network and that it becomes a new model for a national news network. It is hoped that NPR will become an authoritative source of local online news, convert a loyal radio following into a powerful, nationwide online network, and distribute public radio content widely across emerging media platforms.
35,000.006--Technology Grant period: 11/01/2015 - 10/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Changing how newsrooms measure and celebrate success by measuring the things that actually matter: Did people complete the story? What proportion shared it? Did we make them care?.
2,000,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2013 - 02/28/2016; goal: To support the enhancement of NPR's on-demand digital listening platform for news and other public radio programming. NPR will significantly expand its capacity to deliver in-depth coverage of news and culture and reimagine the public radio experience for digital listening. This grant will both deepen and extend NPR’s coverage of key issues – education, global health and development, and race, ethnicity and culture – and fund NPR and six Member Stations – KPCC, KQED, MPR, WBUR, WHYY and WNYC – in the creation of a seamless local-national listening platform, helping deliver the work of NPR and stations to tens of millions of Americans everywhere they want it, in words, images and sound. (Originally 'Project Carbon', now 'NPR One').
1,500,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 01/01/2012 - 01/01/2014; goal: To expand digital training of public radio journalists Related: see "How National Public Radio embraced digital" on Knight Blog.
250,000.005--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 05/01/2006; goal: For a planning grant to enhance local news capacity.
1,500,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 03/31/2010; goal: To help NPR move itself from a public radio company to a public media company NPR is the nation’s largest source of quality radio news. In 2005, Knight gave NPR a $250,000 planning grant to enhance local news capacity. That spurred the system to work with its member stations to devise a plan to set up local news “hubs” around the country, which it is now phasing in. But NPR’s news issues have become even more pressing. Though its on-air programs have grown in popularity this past decade to reach nearly 27 million listeners each week – a 40 percent increase over the past five years – the rate of growth is slowing. To add to its reach, NPR is making a major push in the area of digital technology. During this grant, about 600 NPR staff will be trained in its new audio production and content management system. Additionally, up to 40 NPR senior managers, leaders and training staff will learn how to transform the NPR newsroom for the digital future; and about 400 NPR reporters, producers, editors and other staff will have completed multimedia skills training. It’s expected that NPR staff will learn how to gain understanding of […].