Knight Foundation donations made to University of Maryland

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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

Facebook page universityofmarylandbaltimore
Twitter usernameumbaltimore
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameumbaltimore

Full donee page for donee University of Maryland

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 4 70,000 576,250 35,000 35,000 35,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 200,000 200,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Technology 1 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000 35,000
Technology, Journalism 2 70,000 1,035,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Arts 1 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000

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) 2 2,070,000.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 200,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Total 4 2,305,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
70,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 06/01/2007 - 05/31/2008; goal: To study the transition of U.S. journalism schools into the digital future and sponsor a conference to help Chinese media create sustainable business models.
200,000.002--Arts Grant period: 09/01/2014 - 04/30/2017; goal: To support Capacity Building: Greater San Jose - a two-year program led by the DeVos Institute that will provide intensive group training and in-depth consultation for 20 high-potential arts organizations in greater San Jose/Silicon Valley.
2,000,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2011; goal: To complete a new college of journalism building, Knight Hall, to house the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism. This grant will complete construction of a new journalism building, named Knight Hall, which will be occupied by fall 2009. The new 60,000-square-foot, $27.7 million facility will house the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism, which will bring together Knight-funded programs. They include the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; J-Lab, which runs the Knight-Batten Awards for Journalism Innovation, New Voices and the Knight Citizen News Network; Knight Chair Haynes Johnson; and the American Journalism Review. Additional professional journalism groups may want to locate to the state-of-the-art Knight Hall. This grant aims to focus Knight’s programs on the future of journalism and improve journalism education and professional development and training. Knight Hall is supported by an additional $2.4 million grant to create the Knight Institute. Note: In 2002, a five-year, $3 million challenge grant was awarded for the journalism building.
35,000.004--Technology Grant period: 10/15/2014 - 07/14/2015; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To promote journalistic excellence by prototyping Comment IQ, a tool to help newsroom moderators surface interesting or constructive comments.