Knight Foundation donations made to New America Foundation

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username knightfdn
Donations URL
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
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This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee New America Foundation

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 4 225,000 377,500 35,000 35,000 35,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 250,000 250,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
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 1 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000
1 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Communities 1 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000

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 2018
Communities (filter this donor) 1 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
(filter this donor) 1 250,000.00 0.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 225,000.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00 0.00
Total 4 1,510,000.00 1,000,000.00

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

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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
1,000,000.0012018-08-15Communities Grant period: 07/02/2018 - 08/02/2021; goal: To strengthen technology expertise within the U.S. Congress by supporting the expansion of the Congressional Innovation Fellowship which places technologists in congressional offices of both major political parties.
225,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To create media policy ideas and advance the findings of the Knight Commission on the Information needs of Communities The New America Foundation is a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. It was founded in 1999 and it is headed by Steve Coll, a 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner for distinguished non fiction. New America is a new think tank model that uses the work of its fellows, digital media, innovative communication strategies and its network of media connections to analyze, explain and propose policy solutions to challenges on key issues being faced by the United States. The grantee will create a media policy fellowship program at the New America Foundation. They will create and distribute practical ideas for media reform. The grantee is expected to create ideas that can help set up the framework for a federal media reform that aims to bridge the digital divide and bring communities the information they need. In doing that, the grantee is expected to advance the recommendations made by the Knight Commission. By the end of the grant, policy reforms from Congress and the F.C.C. that arise from the work, ideas and recommendations of the program’s fellows are expected. Ultimately, this project aims to […].
35,000.004--Technology Grant period: 10/15/2014 - 04/14/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: We're going to automate testing of censorship-busting tools so we can test them in hard places in real time. Then we'll know which tools work in times of urgency.
250,000.002---- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 09/30/2012; goal: To promote citizen empowerment and digital connectivity in Detroit by supporting the Open Technology Initiative's local deployment of wireless mesh Internet infrastructure.