Knight Foundation donations made to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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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 8 150,000 497,625 20,000 20,000 35,000 35,000 150,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 275,000 3,016,000 3,016,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 1 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Technology 4 35,000 123,750 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 150,000 150,000 275,000 275,000 275,000
Technology, Journalism 2 200,000 225,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Journalism 1 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000 3,016,000

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
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 3,016,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 4 495,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 2 450,000.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 20,000.00
Total 8 3,981,000.00

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

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
35,000.006--Technology Grant period: 04/01/2014 - 10/31/2014; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To prototype Capitol Hound, a searchable audio archive and alert system for N.C. General Assembly sessions.
200,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 07/31/2008; goal: To expand Knight Chair activities to digital media, and hold an annual high-profile conference to amplify the chair's work.
275,000.002--Technology Grant period: 06/23/2011 - 06/22/2014; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To increase access to local information and strengthen rural newspapers technical expertise by using the OpenBlock system to aggregate and publish local, municipal data. Rural news organizations often struggle to move into the digital age because they lack the staff to make public data digestible. OpenBlock Rural will work with local governments and community newspapers in North Carolina to collect, aggresgate and publish government data, including crime and real estate reports, restaurant inspections and school ratings. In addition, the project aims to improve small local papers’ technical expertise and provide a new way to generate revenue.
20,000.008--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a symposium and white paper exploring the role Internet, cable television, satellite television and mobile broadband service providers could play in local accountability journalism.
35,000.006--Technology Grant period: 06/02/2014 - 01/09/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To create an app that will connect people who are watching a news story or documentary on television with related content through a second screen app on their smartphones.
250,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2010 - 02/29/2012; goal: To convert the existing James L. Knight Professorships to the James L. Knight Chair in Digital Advertising.
150,000.005--Technology Grant period: 07/22/2015 - 05/19/2016; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: Helping to hold politicians more accountable through a searchable archive of campaign speech transcripts that provides customized alerts to keep voters informed about candidates and allows journalists and others to monitor political speeches remotely. Few citizens have direct contact with their candidates and elected officials. As such, the media and other sources are what keep them informed about politicians both on the campaign trail and once they are in office. To give citizens more information and help journalists improve their political coverage, the Reese News Lab will create a searchable archive of campaign speech transcripts that provides users with customized keyword alerts. It will use crowdsourcing and computer natural language processing to gather recordings of speeches and generate transcripts, enabling subscribers to search for exact words spoken by politicians. Users can also monitor political speeches remotely, providing easy access. In addition, it will alert subscribers when custom keywords are spoken on the campaign trail. The archive will be piloted in North Carolina.
3,016,000.001--Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2015 - 05/30/2019; goal: To create an applied research center dedicated to transforming legacy news organizations and supporting innovative community news sites at the local and regional level.