Knight Foundation donations made to University of Maryland Foundation

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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 6 100,000 650,833 30,000 30,000 50,000 50,000 100,000 100,000 180,000 1,145,000 1,145,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
Communities 2 30,000 65,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Technology, Journalism 4 180,000 943,750 50,000 50,000 50,000 180,000 180,000 180,000 1,145,000 1,145,000 2,400,000 2,400,000 2,400,000

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) 4 3,775,000.00
Communities (filter this donor) 2 130,000.00
Total 6 3,905,000.00

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

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
1,145,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2007 - 11/30/2011; goal: To transform the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism into a multimedia, digital learning center.
30,000.006--Communities Grant period: 08/01/2005 - 10/31/2007; goal: To identify and assess a range of new state and local policies on community wealth building and asset development, and to make that information available through the Web and other means.
2,400,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2006 - 10/01/2008; goal: To create the programming for the Knight Institute for the Future of Journalism.
50,000.005--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007; goal: To create and manage the Knight Citizen News Network The Knight Citizen News Network is designed to be an online training center for citizen journalists and a showcase for all of Knight’s web-based training endeavors, including J-Learning, at Maryland University, NewsU at the Poynter Institute and the Knight New Media Center in Berkeley and Los Angeles. It aspires to teach anyone how to use the latest technologies to produce compelling stories about and for their own communities. Administered at J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland, the grant will create a new web site to host the Knight Citizen News Network. The site will be a one-stop online training destination helping citizen journalists report valuable, informative news that mainstream media is not able to cover.
100,000.004--Communities Grant period: 01/01/2005 - 06/30/2007; goal: To disseminate research and build constituencies to promote new models for community-based economic development institutions.
180,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 02/01/2006 - 02/01/2009; goal: To continue the Batten Awards and rename them the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism The Knight-Batten Awards are co-named for the Knight brothers and Knight Ridder company CEO James. K. Batten. The awards honor novel approaches to journalism in both mainstream and community media that help people learn about and better understand community issues. J-Lab, the Institute for Interactive Journalism at Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism administers the awards. Six awards will be given each year, including a $10,000 Grand Prize Winner; $5,000 for a Runner-Up and at least three Awards of Distinction; and a $1,000 Wild Card Award that will go to a journalism school, a small news organization or an individual. This grant supports the foundation’s goal of increasing the use of new media to serve the public interest.