Knight Foundation donations made to Syracuse University

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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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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

We do not have any donee information for the donee Syracuse University 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 3 160,000 140,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000
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 2 160,000 192,500 160,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 160,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000

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) 2 385,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Total 3 420,000.00

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
225,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2007 - 05/01/2010; goal: To create a permanently expanding and independent source of federal government information for journalists and citizens by making TRACFED, a database project, self-sustaining.
35,000.003--Technology Grant period: 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To prototype SpeakEZ, an open source interactive voice response (IVR) platform, for the textually-illiterate Burmese Karen refugee population in Syracuse, New York with a mobile phone-based voice interface to facilitate one-stop access to a range of resources and services necessary for successful resettlement.
160,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2006 - 05/31/2007; goal: To increase the impact of TRACFED, a database of government actions used nationally by news media In 1997, Knight funds launched a web service called TRACFED. Run by Syracuse University, this service has become one of the web’s most important public storehouses of facts and figures about how the federal government enforces the law, where it assigns employees, and how it spends its money. Through this grant, TRAC will increase its earned income through new information products and expanded marketing and solicit monetary and in-kind contributions. It will also seek a range of partnerships to fund authoritative reports on special interest topics.