Knight Foundation donations made to President and Fellows of Harvard College

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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 30 200,000 216,335 35,000 35,000 50,000 100,000 140,000 200,000 200,000 244,000 250,000 450,000 683,000
Technology 5 35,000 116,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 440,000 440,000
Technology, Journalism 11 205,000 225,199 50,000 124,194 140,000 200,000 200,000 205,000 244,000 250,000 250,000 280,000 534,000
Journalism 9 200,000 242,244 50,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 197,200 200,000 200,000 250,000 450,000 683,000 683,000
Communities 4 100,000 253,164 99,657 99,657 99,657 100,000 100,000 100,000 160,000 160,000 653,000 653,000 653,000
Arts 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

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 2016
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 11 2,477,194.00 0.00 0.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 9 2,180,200.00 933,000.00 0.00
Communities (filter this donor) 4 1,012,657.00 0.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 5 580,000.00 0.00 35,000.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 240,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 30 6,490,051.00 933,000.00 35,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (30 donations)

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Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 30)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
250,000.0072017-09-20Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2018; goal: To advance a robust news and information ecosystem built on consistent verification principles and workflows by supporting First Draft and a research and learning lab that will scale support and training for the news industry.
683,000.0012017-03-29Journalism Grant period: 03/20/2017 - 06/01/2019; goal: To promote excellence in journalism by providing training and best practices on how to find, build and engage audiences for news organizations delivering in-depth coverage on single topics.
35,000.00272016-09-09Technology Grant period: 06/23/2016 - 12/20/2016; goal: Enabling people to share information on questions of copyright and fair use by exploring existing gaps and opportunities, and testing a new approach for libraries to connect patrons with subject experts.
205,000.0012--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 01/04/2006 - 01/04/2007; goal: To support a Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Shorenstein Center This program matches up recognized national news leaders with their university of choice for a one-year fellowship, during which time they’ll research and envision the future of quality journalism. In 2006, former Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll became the first Knight Visiting Lecturer. At the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, he is researching, writing, teaching and speaking out publicly about how journalism excellence is achievable in today’s fast-changing world.
240,000.0011--Arts Grant period: 08/01/2012 - 07/31/2015; goal: To launch a community-driven grassroots movement to establish a national arts policy and strengthen the sustainability and support for the nations' arts and cultural assets through research, policy change and public-private collaboration.
160,000.0018--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 01/31/2011; goal: To support the management and coordination of "social media" tools that enable local governments to share innovations and to invent them with citizens.
100,000.0021--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 02/01/2010; goal: To develop the Advanced Leadership Initiative, a one-year program for established leaders who want to change their careers to the social sector and need the skills and know-how to achieve their new social goals.
200,000.0013--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 10/31/2012; goal: To expand coverage on Nieman Labs of new business models for news, media innovation and community news experiments.
50,000.0024--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 09/30/2009; goal: To promote independent journalism through the creation of an annual I.F. Stone award.
200,000.0013--Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2013 - 02/28/2015; goal: To support an expansion of Nieman Lab with a focus on mobile, through reporting, research, conferences, and data.
653,000.002--Communities Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 03/31/2011; goal: To work in conjunction with New Profit, Inc. to produce the research, evaluation and Harvard case studies on the three city pilot projects to enhance urban public problem solving by social entrepreneurs.
250,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a 50-state database that will contain legal actions against citizen journalists, as well as state-specific legal guides The Citizen Media Law Project, a joint venture between Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Center for Citizen Media, is creating a set of online resources for citizen journalists. This will include state and federal legal guides; advice on business formation; and a database of lawsuits, subpoenas and legal threats involving citizen media.
450,000.004--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 07/31/2011; goal: To expand a task force of top journalism school deans with the goal of leading journalism education into the 21st Century.
50,000.0024--Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2012 - 04/30/2014; goal: To continue a task force of top journalism school deans to lead the journalism education field and to speak on media issues.
244,000.0010--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To extend the successful Global Voices project to people from additional communities worldwide Over the past two years, Global Voices has introduced readers around the world to the brilliant, funny, insightful and touching voices of bloggers from developing nations. Rising Voices is our new effort to introduce thousands of new developing world bloggers to the world, helping students, journalists, activists and people from rural areas to the blogosphere. Goals: “It’s becoming clear that the world is listening, so now we’re trying to get new groups of people talking.”.
35,000.0027--Technology Grant period: 09/09/2014 - 03/31/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: We propose to build a time capsule encryption service for archivists, scholars, and journalists. Time capsule encryption is a way to securely send a message into the future, so it cannot be read until a certain date or event. Time capsule encryption is necessary to preserve important cultural records that would otherwise be deleted or forgotten.
35,000.0027--Technology Grant period: 12/31/2013 - 06/30/2014; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To create !nstant, a mobile app designed to verify and provide context to breaking news on social media.
35,000.0027--Technology Grant period: 01/30/2015 - 04/29/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology, Knight News Challenge; goal: Activating library public spaces for diverse community uses by testing a software toolkit that streamlines the exploration and reservation of physical library spaces.
50,000.0024--Journalism Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To convene a meeting with city-level technologists and privacy experts to address the challenge of how cities deal with privacy issues for individual citizen data collected by local governments.
534,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To provide a top-flight U.S. education to a new generation of journalists who would return to Latin America in leading roles, with an emphasis on digital journalists.
100,000.0021--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2013 - 06/30/2014; goal: To establish the Journalist's Resource as the go-to website for quick literature reviews that will improve the quality of deadline journalism. Based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, the Journalist’s Resource project examines news topics through a research lens. We focus on surfacing scholarly materials that may be relevant to other media practitioners, bloggers, educators, students and general readers. The American Library Association named it a “Best Free Reference Web Site 2013.” Our database contains top research studies that we have selected and synthesized, as well as recommended results from a customized search across the wider Web, which we have designed to emphasize credible, citable sources. Search our library here on any topic. We try to serve as a helpful guide and interpreter — think of us a friend who does close reading and translation of statistics and jargon. While we can’t provide access to the full text of every study, we try to provide at least a point of entry and some key, useful points. We invite all those interested in policy and public affairs to use the site’s materials. No registration is required; the materials are free and are under a Creative Commons license. Our open-access project is designed to […].
140,000.0019--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2008; goal: To support two Nieman Fellows from Latin America during the 2007-08 academic year The Nieman fellowships are the best-known of their type in the country. Each year, 24 of the best and brightest journalists spend an academic year of study at Harvard. Since 1985, Knight Foundation has helped support 16 Knight Latin American fellows. Rosental Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism who directs the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas-Austin, was a 1988 Nieman fellow. During the next two years, four leading Latin American journalists will spend nine months at Harvard, attending seminars and activities, designing their own course of study and writing an article about their experience for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas web site. Upon returning to their countries, they plan to advocate for higher standards in their news organizations, influence broader press freedoms and teach and train others. A two-year, $140,000 grant was added to support two more Nieman fellows during 2007-08.
200,000.0013--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To support a Knight Fellow at the Shorenstein Center.
197,200.0017--Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2011 - 09/30/2012; goal: To support two Knight Latin American Nieman Fellows during the 2011-12 academic year and test a new summer fieldwork program To encourage journalism excellence and press freedom worldwide, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports annual Nieman Fellowships for accomplished Latin American journalists.
124,194.0020--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2011 - 03/31/2012; goal: To evaluate the impact of the Text Haiti campaign and the significance for mobile charitable giving.
99,657.0023--Communities Grant period: 02/15/2011 - 01/31/2012; goal: To support The Social Innovation Project at Harvard, which uses the framework from Stephen Goldsmith's book "The Power of Social Innovation" to help practitioners promote social innovation. The Social Innovation Project builds on the Ash Center's existing capacity to generate, gather, and share knowledge on how communities are transforming their approaches to social issues. The Project identifies and engages civic leaders and entrepreneurs that are successfully transforming their community’s approach to social service delivery.
200,000.0013--Journalism Grant period: 04/07/2005 - 07/07/2008; goal: To support a task force of journalism school deans to research key news issues This project will bring together top journalism researchers to probe major media issues. The task force will create a web site and three major reports, including one on journalism education. This grant, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, is one of three grants designed to help journalism education. The other two promote increased specialized teaching at the participating schools – University of California at Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Columbia University, Northwestern University and Harvard – as well as a special reporting project in which students will team up to cover large, complex stories and distribute them in innovative ways.
250,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/16/2008 - 10/31/2011; goal: To expand and improve a citizen media law project that provides legal education, resources and assistance to individuals, organizations and Knight grantees.
280,000.006--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 07/31/2007; goal: To support Nieman fellows from Latin America during the next two years.
440,000.005--Technology Grant period: 01/01/2016 - 01/01/2018; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: Making it easier to find out how your personal data is being shared between companies by creating a crowdsourced resource that documents and visualizes these data sharing arrangements.