Knight Foundation donations made to Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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Basic donor information

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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

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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

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Full donee page for donee Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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 12 237,589 3,171,483 35,000 35,000 115,000 149,201 220,000 237,589 1,250,000 2,008,000 3,008,000 5,000,000 25,000,000
Technology 3 35,000 102,530 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 237,589 237,589 237,589 237,589
Journalism 7 1,000,000 4,927,457 115,000 115,000 149,201 220,000 220,000 1,000,000 3,008,000 3,008,000 5,000,000 25,000,000 25,000,000
Technology, Journalism 2 1,250,000 1,629,000 1,250,000 1,250,000 1,250,000 1,250,000 1,250,000 1,250,000 2,008,000 2,008,000 2,008,000 2,008,000 2,008,000

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 2017 2016
Journalism (filter this donor) 7 34,492,201.00 0.00 25,000,000.00
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 2 3,258,000.00 2,008,000.00 0.00
Technology (filter this donor) 3 307,589.00 0.00 237,589.00
Total 12 38,057,790.00 2,008,000.00 25,237,589.00

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 (12 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,008,000.0042017-11-15Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/8067-- Grant period: 02/01/2018 - 01/31/2023; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To prepare journalists for the transformational wave of technologies creating vast changes in the profession and in civic life.
237,589.0072016-09-20Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/7142-- Grant period: 12/08/2015 - 04/30/2018; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: Informing and advancing journalism, human rights and other public interest work by compiling and structuring public data on police, military and other security forces.
25,000,000.0012016-09-08Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6813-- Grant period: 07/01/2015 - 07/01/2020; goal: To preserve broad First Amendment rights in the digital age through the establishment of an institute at Columbia University that would champion free expression through litigation, education and scholarship.
115,000.0010--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5250-- Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support New York World, the independent News21 program at Columbia, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism Education.
35,000.0011--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6696-- Grant period: 02/09/2015 - 08/31/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Creating a toolbox to simplify satellite data collection and interpretation, allowing journalists, urbanists, humanitarian agencies and others to glean valuable information from satellite imagery during urban conflicts or natural disasters.
1,000,000.006--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/5461-- Grant period: 04/01/2012 - 03/31/2014; goal: To fund widely disseminated research into transparency and impact in journalism which provides best-practice data with tools and recommendations for implementation The project would be led by Emily Bell, head of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Bell, who led The Guardian’s online operations for a decade, brings a working journalist’s approach to an academic setting. It is our hope that the project would deeply analyze the most important projects, and produce quality reports, recommendations and tools that are useful to the field.
220,000.008--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/4883-- Grant period: 07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011; goal: To extend the original grant as an evaluation is done on distribution and sustainability of the Knight Case Studies Initiative at Columbia University.
3,008,000.003--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6618-- Grant period: 01/01/2015 - 01/30/2018; goal: To promote excellence in journalism through support for leading-edge research at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism that tests and adapts new technologies for the industry, and infuses the practice and teaching of journalism with innovation.
1,250,000.005--Technology, Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/3995-- Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2011; goal: To establish the Knight Case Studies Initiative at Columbia University and plan a journalism leadership center The digital revolution is changing newsroom decision-making. The Knight Case Studies Initiative is a new journalism education model that is designed to create future journalism leaders. The case-studies program is based on the successful Harvard Case Studies run by its business school. This grant will use dynamic, multimedia techniques, integrating real-life case studies into the journalism school’s curriculum. The web-based case studies will show the real-time ethical, management and leadership issues a publisher, executive editor or a senior correspondent considers in making decisions at the highest levels of the profession. A new, permanent graduate course, “Decision Making in Journalism,” will be created from a dozen cases. This project aims to change the way journalism decision-making is taught in this country by giving teachers and the profession powerful new tools to work with.
149,201.009--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6385-- Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 05/30/2015; goal: To support a survey and a series of public events around the role of journalists in an age of surveillance and promote First Amendment freedoms. Journalism After Snowden will contribute high-quality conversations and research to the national debate around state surveillance and freedom of expression through a yearlong series of events, research projects and articles that will be published in coordination with the Columbia Journalism Review.
35,000.0011--Technologyhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6573-- Grant period: 10/15/2014 - 06/15/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: The project will develop a toolkit that allows communities to study the land use possibilities of vacant parcels in their neighborhoods. Using publicly available data, we will build a series of GIS-based tools for measuring fitness criteria of available land resources, which will be shared with community land access projects and published as an open source code library.
5,000,000.002--Journalismhttps://knightfoundation.org/grants/6812-- Grant period: 07/01/2015 - 07/01/2020; goal: To preserve broad First Amendment rights in the digital age through the establishment of an institute at Columbia University that would champion free expression through litigation, education and scholarship.