Knight Foundation donations made to University of California, Berkeley

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username knightfdn
Donations URL
Twitter usernameknightfdn
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
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This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

Country United States
Facebook page UCBerkeley
Donate page
Twitter usernameUCBerkeley
Wikipedia page,_Berkeley
Instagram usernameucberkeleyofficial
Medium usernameUCBerkeley
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Donor–donee relationship

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 10 100,000 518,500 20,000 20,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 115,000 250,000 250,000 1,500,000 2,800,000
Communities, Arts 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, Journalism 6 100,000 583,333 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 2,800,000 2,800,000
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
Journalism 2 115,000 807,500 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000

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
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 6 3,500,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 2 1,615,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00
Communities, Arts (filter this donor) 1 20,000.00
Total 10 5,185,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (10 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 10)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,800,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 07/31/2012; goal: To speed the news industry's digital transformation by increasing the number and impact of multimedia workshops offered by the Knight Digital Media Center News leaders agree that the fundamentals of journalism – who a journalist is, what a story and a new medium are, and why we interact with audiences the way we do – have been upended. Journalists need to be able to make the leap to a web-first, web-centric environment. And they also need to bring along with them the fair, accurate, contextual search for the truth that defines their role in democracy. The new demand for this work offers new opportunities for the Knight Digital Media Center to leverage change in the industry. This grant will help to expand their multimedia training workshops, add new seminars on emerging technology and increase both distance-learning and on-site training for newsrooms. All activities will be marketed and branded under the banner of the Knight Digital Media Center. Program participants will return to their newsrooms with multimedia storytelling skills; an understanding of digital technology; an ability to teach others and a new mindset that will make them leaders in making the transformational changes newsrooms need to survive and thrive in the […].
50,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 06/30/2008; part of the challenge: Knight News Challenge; goal: To complete the development and public launch of the game "Saving 7th Street: The Oakland Jazz & Blues Clubs" Re-creating Oakland’s once vibrant jazz and blues club scene as an online video game and virtual world. The game will allow players to experience the club scene as it was in its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, before it fell victim to redevelopment schemes and urban decay. Goals: “Reconnecting residents of a community to their history and cultural heritage through video game technology and storytelling.”.
250,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2012 - 10/31/2013; goal: To support the Knight Digital Media Center's operational costs during the planning of its transformation into a revamped and self-sustaining program The Knight Digital Media Center offers workshops to mid-career journalists to enhance their expertise and multimedia skills. Our goal is to provide the foundation of technical skills and story-telling techniques required by New Media platforms. We are housed at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. We also provide tutorials and video presentations from industry experts. The Knight Digital Media Center was launched in April 2006 to focus on helping journalists succeed in the rapidly changing media landscape of the 21st Century. It is built on the foundation of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism which trained more than 750 professional journalists between 2000 and 2006, as well as providing at least 75,000 more journalists with access to resources and online training opportunities through the efforts of its fellows.
250,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2010 - 07/31/2012; goal: To help the UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program promote collaborative news projects.
50,000.007--Technology Grant period: 11/01/2012 - 05/31/2013; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To develop a tool for organizing multiple videos recorded at a public event into a single timeline Offering journalists an improved tool to review user-submitted content by allowing users to easily assemble video of breaking news chronologically, so that the same event can be viewed by various angles. It is organized by the University of California Berkeley’s CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative.
20,000.0010--Communities, Arts Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with an event and by exploring the effectiveness of for-profit / non-profit news collaborations.
100,000.006--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2007 - 11/30/2008; goal: To stabilize an important investigative reporting program at U.C. Berkeley during a time of economic uncertainty for enterprise journalism.
50,000.007--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To teach journalism's core values to citizen contributors Citizen journalism advocate Dan Gillmor will direct the creation of five online training modules that discuss journalism’s core values: 1) thoroughness, 2) accuracy, 3) fairness, 4) transparency and 5) independence. The modules are designed to increase the quality of citizen contributions to online discussions or news reports. The modules are planned to help make editors feel more comfortable with the quality of citizen contributions, causing those editors to use citizen contributions more often. This project is part of the Knight Citizen News Network.
1,500,000.002--Journalism Grant period: 03/15/2005 - 10/31/2008; goal: To coordinate experimental 'News21' projects at leading journalism schools, teaching top students to work in teams to cover a large, complex story.
115,000.005--Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support Hunting Corruption, the independent News21 program at the University of California Berkeley, part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative for the Future of Journalism Education.