Knight Foundation donations made to Research Foundation of the City University of New York

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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

Twitter usernamerfcuny

Full donee page for donee Research Foundation of the City University of New York

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 2 25,000 137,500 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Communities 1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
Technology, Journalism 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

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) 1 250,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 1 25,000.00
Total 2 275,000.00

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

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
250,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2009 - 06/30/2010; goal: For the New Business Models for News Project, to openly produce detailed business plans that will be used to create sustainable models for the future of news While print journalism has largely set the news agenda for the rest of the industry, traditional business and distribution models are no longer viable on their own. Quality news content benefits society as a whole, but is expensive to produce and a growing number of organizations are declaring bankruptcy or shutting down their print operations entirely. The opportunity here is to experiment with new, different business models to create ways of sustaining journalism as it rapidly changes in the 21st century media environment. This grant will bring together editors, publishers, entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, business strategists and consulting experts to openly build and publish three new business plans for 21st century journalism. These plans will focus on hyperlocal, city-metro and paid-content models, with all work being progressively shared on the web through blogs, Google Docs, video and open discussions. This grant will result in at least three complete business plans focusing on hyperlocal, city-metro and paid-content models. These models will be grounded in real-life examples and cases, including existing Knight News Challenge projects. All […].
25,000.002--Communities Grant period: 01/01/2005 - 01/01/2006; goal: For a feasibility study to develop an appropriate structure, research agenda and dissemination strategy for a think tank on foundations.