Knight Foundation donations made to University of Southern California

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Country United States
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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 11 250,000 538,909 5,000 20,000 75,000 115,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 650,000 1,663,000 2,400,000
Technology, Journalism 9 250,000 643,667 5,000 5,000 75,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 650,000 1,663,000 2,400,000 2,400,000
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
Journalism 1 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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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) 9 5,793,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 1 115,000.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 20,000.00
Total 11 5,928,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (11 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 11)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
250,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 08/31/2013; goal: To create a mobile platform that enables community organizations to significantly improve the way they inform and engage their audiences.
75,000.009--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2012 - 06/30/2013; goal: To conduct and disseminate research on the potential economic benefits of naturalization on the wages of immigrants in the U.S. and an analysis of the individual costs to achieve this goal.
250,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2011 - 10/31/2012; goal: To plan the expansion of the Knight Digital Media Center at USC and create a new curriculum to increase the leadership and impact of Knight Community Information grantees and ethnic media.
2,400,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 07/01/2007 - 07/31/2011; goal: To speed the news industry's digital transformation by increasing the leadership workshops and special topic seminars offered by the Knight Digital Media Center With this grant, the Knight Digital Media Center will speed the news industry’s digital transformation by increasing its leadership workshops and special topic seminars. The center will reach 100 journalists directly with its new work. They, in turn, will change newsrooms populated by thousands of other journalists and change media seem by millions of Americans. Specifically, center alumni will learn how to gain understanding of how to better cover news online, and gain tools for managing change and transformation in newsrooms.
250,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/10/2012 - 01/08/2014; goal: To support the creation of the Lear Center for Media Metrics With $3.25 million in initial financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's Norman Lear Center is about to create what it is calling a “global hub” for those who would measure the actual impact of media — journalistic, cinematic, social and otherwise.
250,000.004--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 09/01/2009 - 12/31/2011; goal: To expand, a project that publicly finances local investigative reporting, to Los Angeles in a partnership with the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California is a 2008 Knight News Challenge winner. It uses micropayments collected from the public to fund local investigative and enterprise reporting. Since its launch in San Francisco a year ago, about 30 articles have been proposed, funded and written, the highest profile one for The New York Times. Rather than backing a news organization, the public is asked to consider funding individual stories. By seeing what stories the public is willing to pay for, and creating a mechanism to do so, is testing the viability of an alternative funding stream for local news during an era in which daily newspapers are shedding local reporters. This project will extend to Los Angeles through a partnership with the University of Southern California School of Journalism. The platform will be redeveloped to be more easily extended to additional cities with new features. Ultimately, we hope this grant shows how to scale to any city and have it be sustainable there. Additionally, it is hoped that shows that crowdsourced reporting […].
1,663,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/12/2011 - 11/30/2014; goal: To focus the Knight Digital Media Center at USC training in support of Knight Foundation's Community Information Needs initiative.
20,000.0010--Technology, Communities, Journalism 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 role of diversity in local information ecosystems.
5,000.0011--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/15/2010 - 03/14/2011; goal: For general operating support of Spot.Us.
650,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 03/14/2006 - 09/30/2008; goal: To re-launch the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism as the Knight New Media Center This grant re-launches the Western Knight Center as the Knight New Media Center, specifically focused on helping good journalists and good journalism succeed in the 21st century. It will specialize in delivering content training to new media journalists as well as new media training to traditional journalists. The center will convert its web site into an interactive learning and resource center and experiment with videoconferencing and webinars. This grant is part of the foundation’s effort to help journalists succeed in a new media world. The center will offer seminars directly to 150 journalists each year, including a leadership workshop for news leaders who are transforming their news operations. The content training offered to new media journalists will include improving online coverage of topics ranging from elections to urban growth to globalization. New media training includes skills training in the latest interactive storytelling techniques. Since 2002, the center has been a new media leader, both in teaching practitioners and in using the World Wide Web to draw 30,000 unique monthly visitors.
115,000.008--Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2011 - 06/30/2013; goal: To support a final News21 program at USC, Chasing the Campaign: Political Process, Campaign Management and Campaign Funding in the 2012 Election Cycle, whose content will be used for the university's Neon Tommy, and part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative.