Knight Foundation donations made to Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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Country United States
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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 13 37,000 487,622 10,800 20,000 21,280 30,000 30,000 37,000 80,000 178,000 302,000 500,000 5,000,000
Communities 12 30,000 525,173 10,800 20,000 21,280 30,000 30,000 30,000 100,000 178,000 302,000 500,000 5,000,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 1 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000 37,000

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
Communities (filter this donor) 12 6,302,080.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 37,000.00
Total 13 6,339,080.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (13 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
10,800.0013--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Connecting people and increasing civic participation by launching ImagineSJ, a monthly event and panel discussion focusing on San Jose's arts and cultural scene.
302,000.003--Communities Grant period: 12/07/2009 - 11/30/2011; goal: To support "YouChoose Bay Area" (a.k.a. Envision Bay Area), an effort to reduce carbon emissions in California using the Internet, public radio and public television to inform the community As a way to increase resident involvement in Northern California’s pressing land use issues, this grant will help launch an Internet, public radio, television and community information campaign called "YouChoose Bay Area" (a.k.a. Envision Bay Area). Land use planning is a mystery to many people, yet it has a great impact on their lives and the community. Using a series of “what if” scenarios enhanced by visualization tools, this project will provide residents with the information they need to develop a deeper understanding of policy decisions and their impact.
80,000.006--Communities Grant period: 11/01/2005 - 11/01/2007; goal: For the Young Readers-Future Leaders Early Literacy Initiative focused on ages 0-8.
500,000.002--Communities Grant period: 03/01/2014 - 03/31/2017; goal: Using Common Core education standards as the issue to build on, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will open up new avenues and approaches to providing information in Silicon Valley - including brokering partnerships between ethnic and public media and creating social media channels to share Silicon Valley Stories.
37,000.007--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2011 - 07/31/2012; goal: For a mobile voter app, to connect Latinos to voter registration information To empower and engage young Latinos, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation will team up with Voto Latino to create a mobile app that will connect voters to information about voter registration. The multifaceted mobile voter application will be available to Apple and Android devices, and will target young Latinos – currently the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. It will explain the voting and registration processes, provide details on prerequisites and answer frequently asked questions.
178,000.004--Communities Grant period: 06/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To create the CitizenshipWorks Innovation Fund to invest in new tools and technologies that help legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens.
5,000,000.001--Communities Grant period: 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2017; goal: To supplement an existing donor-advised fund.
20,000.0012--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Creating a more vibrant and connected San Jose by expanding the Exhibition District, a public art project.
100,000.005--Communities Grant period: 10/01/2013 - 05/31/2014; goal: To support the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's use of online giving technologies for one year in order to raise their community profile and engage new donors.
30,000.008--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Creating a 'We are San Jose' video series to share the dynamic and diverse neighborhoods and communities of San Jose.
21,280.0011--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Helping people get more involved in shaping their community through Mayfair Community Mini-Grants that will invite local Mayfair residents to develop innovative ideas to make their community better while introducing them to local decision-making and budgeting.
30,000.008--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Encouraging deeper resident attachment to San Jose by launching San Jose Walks, a program that encourages urban exploration and celebrates neighborhoods through walking.
30,000.008--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 12/01/2016; goal: Supporting a group of San Jose Creative Community Fellows through a nine-month fellowship program focused on creative placemaking.