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Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 38 222,000 262,016 10,600 25,000 70,000 100,700 200,000 222,000 250,000 250,000 335,000 630,400 1,100,000
Technology 4 200,000 185,150 10,600 10,600 10,600 200,000 200,000 200,000 250,000 250,000 280,000 280,000 280,000
Technology, Journalism 33 222,000 271,698 15,000 40,240 70,000 89,874 200,000 222,000 249,942 325,000 340,000 630,400 1,100,000
Communities 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

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Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 33 8,966,025.00
Technology (filter this donor) 4 740,600.00
Communities (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00
Total 38 9,956,625.00

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Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 38)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
120,000.0026--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2007 - 09/01/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To speed digital news innovation by creating an "idea lab" within the PBS MediaShift web site for Knight News Challenge winners.
200,000.0021--Technology Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an editorial and crowd-sourced database that allows visualizing the relationships among political, civic and business leaders To promote greater transparency in Chile, Poderopedia (Powerpedia) will be an editorial and crowdsourced database that highlights the links among the country’s elite. Using data visualization, the site will investigate and illustrate the connections among people, companies and institutions, shedding light on any conflicts of interests. Crowdsourced information will be vetted by professional journalists before it is posted. Entries will include an editorial overview, a relationship map and links to the sources of information.
15,000.0036--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011; goal: To support the Huffington Post Investigative Fund in lieu of an honorarium for Arianna Huffington to speak at the Media Learning Seminar on February 28, 2011.
249,529.0018--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 11/01/2008 - 10/31/2010; goal: For NewsCloud to create and launch two social media publications on Facebook to test strategies that leverage social media environments to engage youth in news and information.
200,000.0021--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2008 - 01/31/2009; goal: To increase the coordination of independent media development and journalism training internationally.
222,000.0020--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 03/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To make it easier for people to find hyperlocal news and information about their city or neighborhood through promotion of "universal geotagging" in blogs To make it easier for people to find hyperlocal news and information about their city or neighborhood through promotion of “universal geotagging” in blogs. Goals: “Placeblogger wants to make it so simple to know what’s fresh, interesting and compelling about where you are right now, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.”.
200,000.0021--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support developing both innovative business plans and innovative digital content delivery for investigative reporting through the hybrid model at Huffington Post Investigative Fund.
250,000.0012--Technology Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To increase fiscal literacy among journalists and the public by creating simple digital tools that link public spending data to public spending narratives News stories about government finances are common, but readers often find it challenging to place the numbers in perspective. Spending Stories will contextualize such news pieces by tying them to the data on which they are based. For example, a story on City Hall spending could be annotated with details on budget trends and related stories from other news outlets. The effort will be driven by a combination of machine-automated analysis and verification by users interested in public spending.
249,942.0017--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2009 - 04/30/2011; goal: To launch and support twelve news organizations on NewsCloud's Facebook community application platform.
89,874.0028--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 09/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a citizen/professional journalism project using innovative web tools and citizen journalism practices to track Boulder's implementation of a carbon tax Create a citizen/professional journalism project using innovative web tools and citizen journalism practices to track Boulder, Colo.’s, implementation of a carbon tax.
280,000.0011--Technology Grant period: 08/01/2011 - 07/31/2013; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To make it easier for journalists to collect information from across the Web by adding new features to provides a way to make it easier to collect information from across the web from diverse sources. The site helps anyone freely create “scrapers” to collect, store and publish public data, and make it freely available for anyone to use. As such, the site provides journalists with updated, aggregated data that allows them to produce richer stories and data visualizations. This grant will add a “data on demand” feature where journalists can request data sets and be notified of changes in data that might be newsworthy, and data embargos that will keep information private until a story breaks. To accelerate the adoption of the platform, the U.K.-based site will host “journalism data camps” in 12 U.S. states.
1,100,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/12/2007 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block With this project, Adrian Holovaty will create 10 city-specific web sites devoted to public records and hyper-local information. They will include the Knight cities of Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose and Charlotte. The sites will allow users learn more about life around them. When they type in their address, they will get a page filled with information relevant to that address, including government records, news stories and community discussions. The first five city sites will launch by June 30, 2008. Holovaty will blog and speak at conferences about the process of creating the city databases.
70,000.0031--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 06/30/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To speed digital news innovation by adding three new bloggers to the "idea lab" within the PBS MediaShift web site.
15,000.0036--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 07/31/2009; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a social networking tool to help reporters use one another as resources, to identify trends and to add context to their own work Reporters working on similar topics will be able to communicate and share ideas using a social networking tool and a web site created through this project. The site will indicate how many journalists across the country are working on the same issue, such as declining tax bases or water problems. Reporters then could exchange resources and approaches, or use one another’s communities as examples in their own stories. Journalists in small newsrooms often feel isolated. Given the opportunity to communicate with others, a reporter can add context to articles and, perhaps most importantly, know when a seemingly small local story is part of a larger regional, or national, trend.
200,000.0021--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2008 - 10/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To use the latest software and computer-based FM transmitters to reduce the cost of creating rural radio stations This project will connect rural radio stations to the Internet by using new software and computer-based FM transmitters. The innovations will significantly reduce the cost of creating the stations in India - from an estimated $50,000 to $2,500. India is issuing a new round of community radio station licenses, so the proposal is timely. The effort will start by helping nonprofits already operating in India launch radio stations.
325,000.0010--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/10/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a news system for cell phones in developing countries While computers can readily access news feeds through the Internet, only the more expensive cell phones have the same capability. This project will make it easy for significantly cheaper models to select and receive news feeds, expanding the news universe for those whose only digital device is a cell phone. Users, particularly in areas where Internet access isn’t affordable, will be able to receive news via text messaging. They also will be able to rate top stories in lists to be shared with friends. The project will be tested in the rural area of a developing country.
630,400.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 02/28/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop an innovative multimedia news system to unite a town separated by race and class divisions Local news reports disseminated through cell phones will help connect an all-black township in South Africa with the white population living in the urban center – giving everyone in Grahamstown equal access to news and information. Articles from the community newspaper, Grocott’s Mail, will be delivered to mobile phones, the only modern communications system available in the rural township. In a partnership with a local university, journalism students will create audio and video feeds for distribution. Meanwhile, masters-level students will study the project’s design and impact, while post-graduate students develop a sustainable business model for the technology. The project will create open-source software so that small town newspapers around the globe will be able to send mobile reports.
340,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 05/01/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a micro-payment system to fund investigative news reports Spot Journalism will provide a new way to pay for local investigative reporting by soliciting financial support from the public. Through this project, independent journalists and residents will propose stories, while Spot Journalism uses the Web to seek “micro-payments” to cover the costs. If enough donors contribute the amount needed, a journalist will be hired to do the reporting. The money has to come from a variety of sources, though. Each project will need many small contributions before being approved in order to avoid personal crusades. In addition to offering a new model for investigative work, Spot Journalism will provide a way to discover the issues important to a community while giving a voice to those who wonder why a given problem is not being investigated.
350,000.006--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To help search engines better distinguish between well-reported journalism and everything else on the Internet With the copious amounts of information – and misinformation – on the Internet, the public needs more help finding fair, accurate and contextual news. This project will create a system to do just that. The plan: to design a way for content creators to add information on their sources to their reports, as a form of “source tagging.” For instance, a reporter could note that an article was based on personal observations, interviews with eyewitnesses or specific, original documents. Filters would then use this data - the “story behind the story” - to help find high-quality articles. A reader searching the phrase “Pakistan riots” for example, might find 9,000 articles. But filtering by “eyewitness accounts” would yield a more selective list. Berners-Lee, Moore and the Web Science Research Initiative are working with the BBC and Reuters on how to best integrate the tagging into journalists’ normal workflow.
837,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To enable individuals to create narrowly targeted, local niche publications with local advertising Printcasting will allow individuals to easily create ad-supported, customized publications with a mix of local news and information. The software will help aggregate feeds from news organizations, bloggers or newsletters, for example, so that would-be publishers can pick and choose among them to create a niche publication. The Printcasting model then will guide users through placing articles, photos and ads onto a template that either could be delivered by e-mail or printed at home and distributed. For example, a publication for reef-diving photographers could include ads for nearby dive shops or underwater cameras. The idea is to pair localized ads and content to create targeted publications.
600,000.005--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 12/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To test the latest social networking and user-generated-content tools in a small Russian town about to host the Olympics The people of Sochi, the Russian resort city hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, will be able to use the latest online tools to both discuss and influence the impact of the games. A web site and database will allow the community to track and debate how the plans are changing life there over a five-year period. The idea is to help residents better prepare for the Olympics, to inform the media about the city’s issues and to use discussions about the games as a way to improve life in Sochi.
327,000.009--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an easy to use software package to help public radio stations create web sites Drupal, one of the popular open-source software platforms that publish web sites, will be used to create a turnkey web site for radio news organizations. This content management and publishing system will address the needs of radio news sites, such as creating and archiving audio and text, producing podcasts and playlists and streaming live audio and video. KUSP, a public radio station on California’s Central Coast, will test the project.
876,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/10/2008 - 07/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create an economical way for poor people to use cell phones to create and gather information in forms difficult for authoritarian governments to control Freedom Fone will provide a voice database where users can access news and public-interest information via land, mobile or Internet phones. In a concept similar to a telephone tree employed by many private companies, users will call in and then dial specific numbers to find the information they need. Independent radio station content will be broadcast, along with frequently updated audio reports created specifically for Freedom Fone. Users will be able to pose questions and leave answers on a voicemail system. The concept, which employs both new and old technologies, will allow the poor to receive and contribute information in a practical and economical way. It will be tested in Zimbabwe.
250,000.0012--Communities Grant period: 08/01/2009 - 05/31/2011; goal: To foster community engagement by allowing residents to use a mobile phone for volunteer activities in their community For individuals, finding time to give back is a challenge. Many people don’t have several hours each week to volunteer. The Extraordinaries offers a new option, by letting people volunteer on demand, in bursts of idle time, using a smart phone application. A user could translate a document for a community group, for example, while waiting to catch a plane. The project, which will test launch in San Jose, Calif., seeks to transform the volunteer economy by making it possible for people to volunteer on demand, and for organizations to tap into the volunteer workforce.
10,600.0038--Technology Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 11/30/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To create a quick way to convert and load multiple newspaper files to a Web site Joe Boydston is the Vice President of Technology and New Media for the McNaughton Newspaper Group, a small, family owned group of newspapers in Northern California. Boydston works with a team of Web programmers, designers and marketing professionals committed to creating and supporting tools that help shape community media organizations. Simple technical problems are keeping community newspapers from making their content available on the World Wide Web. Journalists use computers at even the smallest newspapers. But there is no free, easy-to-use software allowing news organizations, particularly those with small budgets and older equipment, to send batches of stories to be reformatted and published to the web. This grant will create new and easy-to-use tools to enable content producers to publish more legacy content online. We expect this grant to allow small community newspapers to publish more timely news and information to the web. Ultimately, this grant will save news organizations time and money, allowing them to use their resources to bring their community the news and information it needs.
100,700.0027--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2010; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop new, open source software allowing commuters using a new light rail route in downtown Phoenix to get news and information The city of Phoenix debuted a new light rail transit system last winter, changing the physical and social fabric of the city. Now The Daily Phoenix (aka The Zonie Report) will use print, web and mobile technology to cater to these new commuters, offering news and information, games, social networking features and promotions. Daily Phoenix will deliver relevant community information on a “stop-by-stop” basis, creating and distributing the open-source tools to interact and access this information via mobile devices or the web. Users will be able to access this anywhere, on or off rail. By using a combination of hyper-local news, games, profiles, networking features and local business promotions, this project will allow citizens to connect and engage with an entirely new, and growing, community.
335,000.008--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To develop a service to allow users to better report, track and resolve errors, issues and problems in news coverage All journalists make mistakes, but they sometimes view admitting errors as a mark of shame. MediaBugs aims to change this climate, by promoting transparency and providing recognition for those who admit and fix their mistakes. MediaBugs will create a public test web site in a U.S. city for people to report errors in any news report – online or off-line. Comments will be tracked to see if they create a conversation between the reporter and the error submitter, and then show whether corrections or changes resulted. Based on a system that technology teams use when releasing software, this aggregation process will display trends in errors and show which news organizations are responsible to public questions and comments.
53,200.0032--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 04/01/2009 - 11/30/2009; goal: To sponsor the participation of 80 young people from around the world at the World Summit Award and help them network with one another about the best practices in digital journalism, communications and technology The WSYA selects and promotes best practice in e-Content. It demonstrates young people's potential to create outstanding digital contents and serves as a platform for people from all UN member states to work together in the efforts to reduce poverty and hunger, and to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation. The WSYA is organised as a follow up activity of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and its action plan towards the year 2015.
88,380.0029--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 11/30/2010; goal: To create a free digital publishing system that allows communities to share local news and information with one another. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that taps into and uses the social network and aggregated knowledge of a technology community for the benefit of better grant-making. The digital revolution means the local public square is moving online. More and more, the places that connect individuals together and help them discover their common needs and challenges are local online news and information sites. But in a networked world, a single online community can be like a single island in the ocean. Communities need a network through which they can connect with other communities that might have similar needs and challenges so that they can learn from one another. This grant will release a free publishing system that can be easily used by anyone in any community. It is expected that the new free publishing system will allow communities to receive, create and share information both within the community and with other communities. We also expect this grant to help communities share strategies, best practices and lessons learned. Ultimately this grant will be a big step toward […].
195,000.0025--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2010; goal: For a free, open source Drupal module that will help people map where news is happening. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that lets computer programmers recommend the kind of news tools they think the open-source community needs. This grant gives Knight the opportunity to create new media tools that will help people organize online news and information in ways that make it more useful to them. The grant gives Knight the ability to help create the following two free and open-source Drupal-based tools: 1) A mapping tool that allows people to geo-tag stories and see the location on a map of where the stories originated; 2) A news monitor that allows people to aggregate multiple local news sources based on topic or issue. By the end of this grant there will be free, open-source Drupal-based mapping and news aggregation tools. It is expected that these new media tools will work together or separately on any Drupal site. We also expect this grant to provide clear and easy documentation on how to implement the new media tools. It is hoped that this grant will help lower the barriers to entry […].
50,500.0033--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To expand the users of Drupal by creating clear, easier to use operating instructions. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative. This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest that tapped into a community of software developers to help the foundation make better technology grants. Drupal is an open source software package that allows anyone to start a news and information site. The software developers who improve it on a volunteer basis number more than 300,000. Millions download and use the software. Many of those users do not have extensive backgrounds in Web technology. Having clear, concise, up-to-date documentation is essential for the technically inexperienced who want to get a Web site implemented. Lack of good, accessible documentation leaves an extremely useful tool out of reach for many people. This grant will make the Drupal software easier to use by allowing more than two million current users to take full advantage of its capabilities, and by enabling more people with little or no technical knowledge to begin using it. We expect that by using Drupal, more people will be able to exchange ideas, news and information and increase the number of annual Drupal downloads.
250,000.0012--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 04/30/2009; goal: To develop and launch Appleseed: The News Literacy Project.
25,000.0035--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: For free, open-source software that enables people to discover and syndicate the news and information that matters most to them within their social network. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative. The foundation asked the Drupal community for its top ideas to improve this open source software platform. This grant focuses on the use of the software package for social networking, a hugely popular activity in the digital era. It will create a software application intended to make the sharing and receiving of information through social networks much easier. The grantee will develop free, open-source software that allows individuals to create and share a personal stream of information. This Drupal software application will be used on Orkut, Google's social networking platform. Orkut is the most used social networking platform in both Brazil and India, two of the world's most populous countries. It is expected that the new Drupal application will allow people to easily distribute information they are looking for in their social network. It is expected to help individuals navigate through the enormous amounts of information on the web and their networks to find exactly what they are looking for. Ultimately this […].
86,260.0030--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 10/31/2011; goal: To allow anyone, anywhere to easily create a "one-click" Drupal online news site that could be integrated into Facebook for publishing and distribution. Part of Knight Drupal Initiative This grant is part of the Knight Drupal Initiative, a contest tapping computer programming skills to create new software that speeds media innovation. Facebook is one of the world's fastest-growing web sites, a social networking site with scores of millions of users. This experiment allows Knight Foundation to help create a free and easy-to-use online news area that is integrated into Facebook. It would allow any of the millions of Drupal-software users to create their own easy-to-use news site that can be shared via Facebook. The new software also would allow Facebook profiles to be imported into the Drupal news sites, making it easy for the news site users to create their own communities. This grant will create an open, free, useful and reliable integration between Drupal and Facebook, along with a ready-to-use structure for an online news site. It is expected that by the end of 2009 at least 50 web sites or Facebook applications will be based on the software package developed by this project. We also expect that by […].
40,240.0034--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/01/2009 - 09/30/2011; goal: To create an addition to the free, open-source web publishing module that will allow anyone to add micro-blogging to a personal Drupal web site. Part of the Knight Drupal Initiative. A project that intends to create an addition to the free, open-source Drupal web publishing system that will allow anyone to add micro-blogging functionality – the transmission of brief text updates – to a personal Drupal web site and to allow the growing number of individuals and organizations using micro-blogging to receive or distribute notices across different web sites and micro-blogging services such as Twitter. The grantee is Rob Loach, a Web developer who specializes in the development of Web applications using Drupal and open-source Linux software. He works at Mansueto Ventures in New York ( More.
250,000.0012--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/19/2008 - 12/31/2011; goal: To support the planning and development of new Web 2.0 editorial and business strategies for an online news site covering the European Union Globalization and interdependence make the world look more and more like a true global village. The current economic challenges are a perfect example of how we all are interconnected and how political and economic events transcend borders. In today's world there is a need for a good transnational editorial and news business model that can both reach transnational audiences and distribute relevant and current information to those audiences while at the same time using that reach to generate the necessary revenue to sustain the operation. This grant gives Knight Foundation the opportunity to support Babel International in their development of a new editorial and business model that could provide news and information to transnational communities. Babel International is a nonprofit organization based in Paris and is the publisher of The online site was founded in 2000 and was the first multilingual site covering the European Union. Note: A.k.a. Babel International PARIS, France -, the first pan-European online newsmagazine, will develop new web 2.0 tools for its site and strength its business model to ensure long-term […].
250,000.0012--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 12/31/2008; goal: To pioneer a new way of covering political campaigns by going beyond the red-vs.-blue debate.
225,000.0019--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/16/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To use the Patchwork Nation platform and visual data display to provide a portrait of a nation in the midst of economic, political and cultural change. Patchwork Nation has embarked on a new partnership with "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," working along with The Christian Science Monitor, and you may have noticed some changes on the site in the past week. Consider this a tour of the new site, which gives users many more opportunities to get inside the numbers we regularly examine and the community types we have identified across the nation’s 3,100-plus counties. There are now essentially two versions of the site: The Christian Science Monitor’s and the "NewsHour’s." Patchwork Nation is an effort designed to better study and analyze the United States as it undergoes a period of dramatic change. It is funded by the Knight Foundation.