Knight Foundation donations made to University of Texas at Austin

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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 UTAustinTX
Twitter usernameUTAustin
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameutaustintx

Full donee page for donee University of Texas at Austin

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 7 120,000 379,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 35,000 35,000 120,000 250,000 250,000 608,000 1,600,000 1,600,000
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 3 120,000 249,333 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 608,000 608,000 608,000 608,000
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 2 250,000 925,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000 1,600,000

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 1,850,000.00
Journalism (filter this donor) 3 748,000.00
Technology (filter this donor) 1 35,000.00
Technology, Communities, Journalism (filter this donor) 1 20,000.00
Total 7 2,653,000.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,600,000.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2007 - 08/31/2011; goal: To refocus the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas as a digital media center In 2002, Rosental Alves, former executive editor of Brazil’s most prestigious newspaper, launched the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. During the past five years, the center has trained thousands of journalists, using distance learning to extend its training; created a trilingual web site in English, Spanish and Portuguese; helped create self-sustaining professional journalism groups in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia; formed the Austin Forum, a network of journalists’ organizations; and helped form a new national organization of investigative reporters in Colombia. This grant will help Alves will lead journalists into the 21st century by teaching great journalists the latest digital techniques, and also by using the latest digital techniques to teach great journalism throughout the Americas. This grant will enable the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas to expand its digital media work while raising funds for a fifth year of operation and to study the feasibility of an endowment. By the end of the grant, the center will have directly trained 2,200 journalists through nine innovative seminars or workshops that mix online and on-the-ground training, 35 moderated online training […].
120,000.004--Journalism Grant period: 08/01/2013 - 08/31/2015; goal: To support the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) at the University of Texas at Austin and the ISOJ website.
608,000.002--Journalism Grant period: 09/15/2015 - 08/30/2019; goal: To support journalism education and journalism training through online learning courses and peer-to-peer learning initiatives to help journalists stay up to date with the transformational changes in the news and information ecosystem.
250,000.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2014; goal: To provide bridge support for the Knight Center at the University of Texas-Austin, for its digital journalism training work in the Americas, as an in-depth assessment and a sustainability study are conducted to help plan the future of the Center.
35,000.005--Technology Grant period: 08/01/2015 - 02/26/2016; part of the challenge: Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology; goal: To prototype an open-source virtual reality publishing framework for journalists who lack the engineering skills to publish their own VR content.
20,000.006--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 university initiatives in supporting local accountability journalism.
20,000.006--Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 06/30/2014; goal: To develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on 'Investigative Journalism for the Digital Age' to further the reach of journalism education.