Knight Foundation donations made to Regents of the University of Michigan

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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
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This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information


Full donee page for donee Regents of the University of Michigan

Donor–donee relationship

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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 2 150,000 455,806 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612
Journalism, Communities 1 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000
Communities 1 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612 761,612

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
Communities (filter this donor) 1 761,612.00 761,612.00 0.00
Journalism, Communities (filter this donor) 1 150,000.00 0.00 150,000.00
Total 2 911,612.00 761,612.00 150,000.00

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 (2 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
761,612.0012017-12-12Communities Grant period: 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2020; goal: To implement and further develop a trustworthy and accessible recurring public opinion survey so that Detroit’s civic and community leaders can effectively prioritize issues and design better programs, policies and financial investments that enjoy broader resident support.Launched in 2016, the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study is led by researchers at the University of Michigan. The survey model leverages state-of-the-art scientific methods and is unique in its scale, providing deep insights across the entire city to ensure that diverse voices are incorporated into decision-making. Examples of topics covered in the survey include: quality of life, priorities for change in the metro area, the impact of recent investments on different populations, sense of community and social cohesion, transportation and mobility, public safety, policing, the role of government and trust in government institutions, views on inequality and race relations, and healthcare.The Knight Foundation award will allow the university to conduct nine additional surveys over the next three years, to expand its participant panel and to disseminate policy-relevant findings more broadly. The information will be used by city officials, nonprofits, business leaders and philanthropies to inform program development, guide investments in physical spaces and craft public policies that better reflect the interests of Detroit […].
150,000.0022016-12-12Journalism, Communities Grant period: 01/01/2017 - 12/31/2018; goal: To expand the relevance, reach and impact of Michigan Radio's journalism and work of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative through a new initiative designed to deepen community engagement and build a network of community residents participating in meeting community information needs.