Knight Foundation donations made to Sunlight Foundation

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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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

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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Sunlight Foundation in our system.

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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 3 565,000 605,559 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 565,000 565,000 565,000 1,216,678 1,216,678 1,216,678 1,216,678
Technology 1 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000
Technology, Journalism 2 565,000 890,839 565,000 565,000 565,000 565,000 565,000 565,000 1,216,678 1,216,678 1,216,678 1,216,678 1,216,678

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) 2 1,781,678.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Total 3 1,816,678.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (3 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 3)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,216,678.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 10/31/2012; goal: To create a suite of National Data Apps - platforms and tools for delivering federal data to the public.
565,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 08/31/2011; goal: To create and launch web tools allowing easily accessible public information on Congress Sunlight Foundation was founded in January 2006 to harness the power of the Internet and new information technologies to enable citizens to learn more about what their elected representatives are doing. Sunlight aims to use the tools of open government to help reduce corruption, improve the conduct of public officials and increase the public’s trust in its democratic institutions. The digital revolution has created the potential for a quantum leap in government openness – but only if we can make its instant information easy to find and use. Sunlight Foundation proposes to create a series of new, easy-to-use web tools to allow journalists and citizens to know not just about earmarks but many other actions of our Congressional representatives. During the next two years, the grantee will develop, market and distribute a series of easy-to-use open-source software programs to provide journalists and citizens “integrated information” on Congress. These tools will provide more information about members of Congress more easily to more web users than ever before. This nonpartisan project can be expected during the midterm election to increase debate of fact-based issues the data reveals: earmarks, campaign […].
35,000.003--Technology Grant period: 07/15/2015 - 01/15/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To improve, a Sunlight Foundation tool that uses Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) data to surface interesting connections between foreign clients and their U.S. agents, helping journalists write stories about countries influencing US policies.