Knight Foundation donations made to Trustees of Boston University

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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 Trustees of Boston University

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 6 250,000 241,667 50,000 50,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 400,000 400,000
Journalism, Technology 1 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Technology, Journalism 3 250,000 300,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 400,000
Technology 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
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

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 2018 2017
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 3 900,000.00 0.00 0.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00 250,000.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 250,000.00 0.00 0.00
Journalism, Technology (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00
Total 6 1,450,000.00 250,000.00 50,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
250,000.0022018-10-19Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/8215-- Grant period: 08/01/2018 - 01/31/2020; goal: Design and conduct experiments to deepen relationships with multi-platform audiences and share the learnings across seven local public radio outlets. Learn more at kf.org/bizlab18.
50,000.0062017-06-22Journalism, Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/8018-- Grant period: 06/19/2017 - 06/19/2017; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Experimenting with the effectiveness of combatting the spread of misinformation through real-time online interventions, such as direct messages to users who post or share false information.
250,000.002--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4491-- Grant period: 12/01/2008 - 06/30/2010; goal: To fund a new model of sustainable, multimedia investigative journalism based at Boston University.
250,000.002--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4787-- Grant period: 08/01/2010 - 03/31/2012; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To clearly show how modern technology can increase access to the courts with a pilot in the Quincy District Court in Massachusetts To foster greater access to the judicial process, this project will create a laboratory in a Boston courtroom to help establish best practices for digital coverage that can be replicated and adopted throughout the nation. While the legislative and executive branches have incorporated new technologies and social media, the courts still operate under the video and audio recording standards established in the 1970s and 80s. The courtroom will have a designated area for live blogging via a wifi network and the ability to live-stream court proceedings to the public. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts court system, the project will publish the daily docket on the web and build a knowledge wiki for the public with common legal terms.
250,000.002--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6450-- Grant period: 07/10/2014 - 08/14/2015; goal: To launch the WBUR BizLab, a free-standing team to experiment with new revenue strategies to increase WBUR's future sustainability and share findings with the public media community.
400,000.001--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4698-- Grant period: 04/01/2010 - 04/30/2012; goal: To establish revenue-generating projects at Boston University's New England Center for Investigative Reporting.