Knight Foundation donations made to The Pennsylvania State University

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Table of contents

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 PennStateUniversityPress
Twitter usernamePSUPress
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamepsupress
Tumblr subdomainpennstateuniversitypress

Full donee page for donee The Pennsylvania State University

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 4 225,000 530,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 245,000 245,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000
Communities 2 150,000 197,500 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 150,000 245,000 245,000 245,000 245,000 245,000
Journalism 1 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000 225,000
Technology, Journalism 1 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000

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) 1 1,500,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 2 395,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 225,000.00
Total 4 2,120,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
225,000.003--Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2005 - 10/01/2009; goal: To continue the Knight Diversity Scholars Program, and establish an endowment to sustain it.
1,500,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2007; goal: To endow a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society Penn State, located in the Knight community of State College, is one of the nation’s largest universities. Its College of Communications, with 3,500 undergraduates, is the nation’s largest nationally accredited journalism and communications program. In 2003 Penn State launched the Center for Sports Journalism to explore issues in sports journalism through teaching, research and outreach. It offers four undergraduate courses in sports writing, sports broadcasting, sports information and sports, media and society. This grant will create a Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society who will direct the Center for Sports Journalism, develop new and innovative courses and areas of research. The chair will help lead efforts to improve sports journalism.
150,000.004--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 12/31/2011; goal: To develop model civic engagement programs that utilize location-aware services and applications made possible by wireless technology for use in Knight communities.
245,000.002--Communities Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 11/30/2011; goal: To build a more effective bond between the university and the community by instituting "AlcoholEdu" an innovative program aimed at curbing alcohol use among Penn State students.