Knight Foundation donations made to Wesleyan University

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Basic donor information

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Basic donee information

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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 5 74,851 99,706 30,000 30,000 30,000 45,000 45,000 74,851 74,851 100,000 100,000 248,679 248,679
Technology 2 30,000 37,500 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000
Technology, Journalism 3 100,000 141,177 74,851 74,851 74,851 74,851 100,000 100,000 100,000 248,679 248,679 248,679 248,679

Donation amounts by cause area and year

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Cause area Number of donations Total
Technology, Journalism (filter this donor) 3 423,530.00
Technology (filter this donor) 2 75,000.00
Total 5 498,530.00

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

Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.002--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 10/01/2010 - 09/30/2011; goal: To support the Wesleyan Media Project's analysis of broadcast advertising during the 2010 election.
30,000.005--Technology Grant period: 07/14/2014 - 12/05/2014; goal: To further support the Wesleyan Media Project with a short video and a 30-second public service message to help raise awareness about the growth of negative television advertising in political campaigns.
45,000.004--Technology Grant period: 02/18/2016 - 11/29/2017; goal: To enhance transparency in elections by supporting the Wesleyan Media Project, which will track and analyze broadcast ads aired in the 2016 campaigns.
248,679.001--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 12/01/2011 - 11/30/2013; goal: To track and analyze all broadcast television advertisements and YouTube videos aired during the 2012 election.
74,851.003--Technology, Journalism Grant period: 05/01/2014 - 05/30/2016; goal: To support the Wesleyan Media Project, which will track and analyze broadcast ads aired in the 2014 election campaigns to enhance transparency in elections. Transparency and government responsiveness depend critically on real-time publicly available information disclosing efforts to influence elections. The Wesleyan Media Project tracks and analyzes all broadcast advertisements aired by or on behalf of federal and state election candidates in every media market in the country. Since the 2010 election cycle, we have been providing real-time information on the extent of corporate and union spending in federal election campaigns across the country, who specifically is doing that spending and which candidates are benefiting.