Knight Foundation donations made to New York 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.

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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 NYU
Twitter usernamenyuniversity
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamenyuniversity

Full donee page for donee New York 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 5 203,800 726,760 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 203,800 203,800 240,000 240,000 3,120,000 3,120,000
Technology 2 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 1 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800 203,800
Journalism 1 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 240,000
Communities 1 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000 3,120,000

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
Communities (filter this donor) 1 3,120,000.00 0.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 240,000.00 240,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 203,800.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 2 70,000.00 0.00
Total 5 3,633,800.00 240,000.00

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 (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
240,000.0022017-03-27Journalism Grant period: 03/27/2017 - 12/31/2018; goal: To spread best practices for audience engagement and membership models to U.S. newsrooms and journalists from a world-leader in member-supported journalism.
203,800.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2012; goal: To provide start-up support for a community-engaged hyperlocal news and information site, The Local: East Village.
3,120,000.001--Communities Grant period: 12/10/2012 - 01/30/2019; goal: To develop a multi-school, multi-disciplinary network of students, faculty and professionals working to design and implement ways of using technology for citizen engagement Housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, the GovLab will train graduate students across disciplines and universities to design, build and implement tech-based solutions to pressing problems communities face across the country. Through its project-based learning work, GovLab Academy aims to instill the mindset and skillset required to tackle the pressing need for institutional innovation. Leading experts will train teams of graduate students to work with communities to develop solutions. Knight funding complements a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study the impact of the academy’s projects and share the lessons learned.
35,000.004--Technology Grant period: 02/01/2016 - 07/15/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Helping journalists explore millions of online reviews to create stories about how people interact with professionals, institutions and businesses.
35,000.004--Technology Grant period: 07/22/2015 - 02/19/2017; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge, Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Enabling journalists and other storytellers to transform and visualize data to build interactive election stories through an open-source,mobile-friendly tool.