Knight Foundation donations made to Teach for America

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

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page teachforamerica
Twitter usernameteachforamerica
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameteachforamerica

Full donee page for donee Teach for America

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 3 250,000 2,150,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000
Communities 3 250,000 2,150,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000

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) 3 6,450,000.00
Total 3 6,450,000.00

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
200,000.003--Communities Grant period: 09/01/2005 - 09/01/2007; goal: For 10 new corps members to serve in the lowest-performing public schools in Miami.
250,000.002--Communities Grant period: 06/01/2009 - 01/31/2011; goal: To close the achievement gap of 2,000 students in the Miami-Dade school system, by providing matching funding for Miami-Dade's TFA program 2009 summer institute training of 25 additional TFA teachers.
6,000,000.001--Communities Grant period: 12/07/2009 - 01/31/2015; goal: To close the achievement gap of 25,000 students in the Miami-Dade public school system by providing funding for Teach For America Miami-Dade to grow from 95 teachers to 350 teachers per year over five years, while placing the teachers in a feeder pattern Teach For America is the largest provider of teachers for low-income communities in the country, with approximately 7,000 members teaching nationwide. This grant will concentrate the newly enlarged TFA corps in the lowest performing feeder-school patterns in the Miami-Dade system, increasing the time spent at each school and thus having the greatest impact on students as they advance through grade levels. As a result of this grant, TFA expects to see increased student achievement each year, including raising reading levels by one and a half years, increasing children’s mastery of more difficult subjects and closing the gap in FCAT scores between low-income and more affluent students.