Knight Foundation donations made to University of Nebraska Foundation

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Country United States
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Full donor page for donor Knight Foundation

Basic donee information


Full donee page for donee University of Nebraska Foundation

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 4 20,000 67,500 0 0 0 20,000 20,000 20,000 50,000 50,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Technology, Journalism 2 0 100,000 0 0 0 0 0 0 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Technology, Communities, Journalism 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 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

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) 2 200,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 50,000.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 20,000.00
Total 4 270,000.00

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
------Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2014; goal: To create the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Mobile Journalism.
50,000.002--Technology Grant period: 06/18/2012 - 06/18/2013; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To fund research and experimentation into the use of drone vehicles as news and information-gathering tools, to study the ethics of these techniques and to publish case studies and best-practices guides Professor Matt Waite will lead a project to research and experiment with drone vehicles as potential tools for news and public data collection. The university will conduct live experiments as well as research into the ethics, legal issues and best practices of drone journalism. Read more at
200,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2012 - 09/03/2013; goal: To fund digital news and information projects and experiments in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by creating the Mobile Media Fund.
20,000.003--Technology, Communities, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 05/31/2012; goal: To follow the FCC's "Information Needs of Communities" report with a white paper exploring the role of universities in advancing local accountability journalism.