Knight Foundation donations made to The Poynter Institute for Media Studies

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._and_James_L._Knight_Foundation
Facebook username knightfdn
Websitehttps://knightfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://knightfoundation.org/about
Grant application process pagehttps://knightfoundation.org/apply/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/knight-foundation

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

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Full donee page for donee The Poynter Institute for Media Studies

Donor–donee relationship

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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 13 140,000 324,923 25,000 35,000 50,000 50,000 125,000 140,000 195,000 200,000 758,000 881,000 1,440,000
1 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 25,000
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 5 125,000 373,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 125,000 125,000 200,000 200,000 1,440,000 1,440,000
Journalism 6 195,000 383,167 125,000 125,000 140,000 140,000 195,000 195,000 200,000 758,000 758,000 881,000 881,000

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 2016
Journalism (filter this donor) 6 2,299,000.00 1,834,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 5 1,865,000.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00 0.00
(filter this donor) 1 25,000.00 0.00
Total 13 4,224,000.00 1,834,000.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (13 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
881,000.0022016-12-12Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7909-- Grant period: 01/03/2017 - 01/31/2020; goal: To strengthen local journalism by extending best practices and developing curriculum around digital and cultural transformation from the Knight-Temple project to news organizations of varying size and type.
195,000.0062016-09-09Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7709-- Grant period: 05/01/2015 - 02/29/2016; goal: To design a plan for the e-learning platform NewsU to test current assumptions and understand user and product needs as the first phase of a larger overhaul.
758,000.0032016-08-31Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7711-- Grant period: 07/01/2016 - 02/28/2018; goal: To promote talent, leadership and lifelong learning in journalism by supporting the redesign of News University, Poynter's online training platform, with a focus on audience engagement and mobile.
25,000.0013----https://knightfoundation.org/grants/7710-- Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 11/30/2016; goal: To promote talent in journalism by supporting the second Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Journalism, to teach and mentor women and encourage diversity in news organizations.
140,000.007--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6885-- Grant period: 12/01/2015 - 11/30/2016; goal: To promote nonpartisan factchecking journalism techniques in the digital age by supporting the expansion of Politifact onto Medium.
1,440,000.001--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4341-- Grant period: 07/01/2008 - 07/31/2013; goal: To extend Poynter's NewsU e-training into all newsrooms in the United States and focus new classes on digital training.
35,000.0012--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6691-- Grant period: 02/09/2015 - 08/31/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Designing a fact-checking plug-in for Web browsers that will allow people to request a fact-check of Internet content from PolitiFact staff; users will be able to vote on fact-check requests and make comments on flagged content.
50,000.0010--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4666-- Grant period: 10/01/2009 - 03/31/2011; goal: To promote diversity and boost under-represented groups in journalism through subsidized training and operational support For decades, mass media scholars have argued that general-interest newsrooms work best when they reflect the communities they seek to serve. Yet members of key demographic groups – African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, women, and gay and lesbian journalists – are still not in newsrooms in the way they are in the general population. As the digital age causes the “creative destruction” of traditional media, newsroom diversity is shrinking, not growing. Yet the same digital age is creating many new individual opportunities for the most eager and entrepreneurial of these underrepresented journalists – if they have the right training. This grant creates a seven-way partnership between the nation’s most popular provider of journalism training, the Poynter Institute, and six professional journalism groups to offer training scholarships to worthy individuals. Poynter Institute is a school dedicated to teaching and inspiring journalists and media leaders. It promotes excellence and integrity in the practice of craft and in the practical leadership of successful businesses. It stands for a journalism that informs citizens and enlightens public discourse. The six participating journalism organizations are: National Association of […].
125,000.008--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5437-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2013; goal: To develop on-demand applications for political information and fact-checking.
125,000.008--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5451-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2013; goal: To develop on-demand applications for political information and fact-checking by Politifact.
50,000.0010--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5376-- Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 01/31/2013; goal: For new EyeTrack research on mobile devices, providing guidance for news organizations and other developers of mobile storytelling apps to help engage consumers and improve revenue.
200,000.004--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4775-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2011; goal: To train Florida news organizations how to use PolitiFact, a Pulitzer-Prize winning process used to check facts stated by political sources in news stories.
200,000.004--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4800-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 03/31/2011; goal: To train Florida news organizations how to use PolitiFact, a Pulitzer-Prize winning process used to check facts stated by political sources in news stories.