Knight Foundation donations made to Northwestern 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 NorthwesternU
Twitter usernamenorthwesternu
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamenorthwesternu

Full donee page for donee Northwestern 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 4 150,000 288,500 115,000 115,000 115,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 250,000 250,000 639,000 639,000 639,000
Journalism 1 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000
Technology, Journalism 3 250,000 346,333 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 639,000 639,000 639,000 639,000

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) 3 1,039,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 115,000.00
Total 4 1,154,000.00

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

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
250,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 10/31/2014; goal: For expanded support for scholarships to computer programmers to study journalism.
639,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 09/30/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites To create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites. By offering scholarships to Medill’s graduate journalism program to people with education and/or expertise in computer programming, the goal is to turn out students who understand both journalism and technology, connect one to another in ways that build audiences and also enhance and protect the civic functions of journalism in a democratic society. Goals: “A democratic society in the digital age needs people who understand both journalism and technology,".
150,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2005 - 04/01/2006; goal: To enhance the Media Management Center's website,
115,000.004--Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support the Medill News21 Accountability Project, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism Education.