Knight Foundation donations made to Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

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Basic donor information

Country United States
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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

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Full donee page for donee Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania

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 5 60,000 130,140 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 60,000 60,000 240,700 240,700 250,000 250,000
Communities, Arts 2 50,000 145,350 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 240,700 240,700 240,700 240,700 240,700
Arts 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
Communities 2 60,000 155,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000

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
Communities (filter this donor) 2 310,000.00 0.00
Communities, Arts (filter this donor) 2 290,700.00 0.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00 50,000.00
Total 5 650,700.00 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 (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0042018-07-03Arts Grant period: 07/13/2018 - 07/15/2019; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: Encouraging public input on new forms of historical monuments through a digital tool that allows users to identify locations, topics and create designs for potential public art and monuments in our cities.Project lead: Paul Farber and Ken Lum; Philadelphia ; @monument_lab, @PennDesign, @SachsArtsPhilly, @paul_farber.
240,700.002--Communities, Arts Grant period: 11/01/2005 - 05/31/2009; goal: To conduct an evaluation of the impact of the Community Partners in Arts Access initiative on cultural participation in North Philadelphia and Camden.
60,000.003--Communities Grant period: 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014; goal: To expand the Fels Institute of Government's Public Policy Challenge (PPC) to three additional Knight Communities. The Public Policy Challenge is an interdisciplinary competition open to policy-minded Penn students with an interest in any issue area. The Challenge builds on an emerging area of concentration at Fels – the civic campaign – which describes the process of turning policy ideas into action. Students will begin to think of themselves as policy advocates and entrepreneurs. Guided by workshops and mentors, each team will choose a research-based policy proposal and will package it with an integrated campaign plan.
250,000.001--Communities Grant period: 08/01/2005 - 06/30/2008; goal: To launch a third cohort of community development fellows while developing new revenue sources and a more effective program model.
50,000.004--Communities, Arts Grant period: 04/01/2011 - 05/31/2013; part of the challenge: Knight Arts Challenge 2019; goal: To increase exposure for local artists with Building Audiences, a curation project on The Key, a website showcasing Philadelphia's thriving local music scene.