Knight Foundation donations made to University of Missouri

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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
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

This entity is also a donee.

Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information

Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee University of Missouri

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 2 1,700,000 1,990,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000
Technology, Journalism 2 1,700,000 1,990,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 1,700,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000 2,280,000

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 3,980,000.00
Total 2 3,980,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (2 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 2)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,280,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 06/30/2011; goal: To establish a new home for the Committee of Concerned Journalists and move it toward self-sufficiency Since 1997, in conversations with thousands of journalists, the Committee of Concerned Journalists has crusaded on behalf of quality journalism as defined in the signature book, “The Elements of Journalism.” In 2001, a Knight pilot grant created the “Traveling Curriculum,’’ a training program designed to take the committee’s standard-setting work directly into newsrooms. The training, designed with teaching experts at Stanford University, has reached some 5,500 journalists from 100 news organizations. The web site,, averages 32,000 unique visitors a month. Training sessions are followed by six-month reviews to push for and review tangible results. A formal assessment program by researchers at Stanford has established concrete changes at every newsroom to date. With this grant, the committee will move to the University of Missouri. There, it will train at least 4,000 additional journalists during the next three years as it develops a “fee for service” model for the training.
1,700,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/20/2005 - 09/20/2009; goal: To establish a new home for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and expand its ability to support state groups.