Knight Foundation donations made to The American University

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Country United States
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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 8 250,000 492,500 100,000 100,000 200,000 240,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
Communities 3 250,000 200,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Technology, Journalism 4 240,000 772,500 200,000 200,000 200,000 240,000 240,000 240,000 250,000 250,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
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

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Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 4 3,090,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 3 600,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00
Total 8 3,940,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (8 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 8)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
200,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 11/30/2012; goal: To continue J-Lab's programs at American University in 2011, including the Knight-Batten Awards.
2,400,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 11/30/2011; goal: To expand J-Lab's activities, while increasing institutional support for J-Lab by moving it to American University.
240,000.006--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/14/2010 - 07/31/2011; goal: For an independent investigation of broadband speeds and availability in the Washington metropolitan region.
250,000.002--Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2014 - 08/30/2015; goal: To pilot a leadership-building program with a focus in game design and systems thinking to develop transformational media leaders supporting journalism excellence. With $250,000 in support from Knight Foundation, American University will launch JoLT (Journalism Leadership Transformation), a program to incubate a cohort of disruptive leaders who – armed with experience and skills in engagement design, systems thinking and transformational leadership – will pilot an effort to apply cutting-edge practices in game design to leadership challenges in journalism and media. The JoLT pilot program will host three master’s student fellows, who will enroll full time in the MA in game design (operated jointly with American University’s College of Arts and Sciences) while participating in a range of activities such as news game jams, leadership workshops and design projects for the American University Game Lab and its project partners. JoLT will also enable fellows and leading industry professionals to explore game design thinking, rapid prototyping and journalism trends through two Washington, D.C.- based summits and a speaker series.
250,000.002--Communities Grant period: 06/01/2005 - 06/01/2008; goal: To establish the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate at the American University School of Public Affairs Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
100,000.008--Communities Grant period: 05/01/2005 - 09/30/2008; goal: To support efforts by the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform to strengthen the American electoral system.
250,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 02/15/2011 - 01/31/2012; goal: To enable J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism to develop a focused plan for its future work promoting media innovation and entrepreneurship.
250,000.002--Communities Grant period: 04/01/2006 - 12/31/2009; goal: For Phase II of the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, an effort to assure that the executive branch, Congress, states and the broader public implement the commission's recommendations.