MacArthur Foundation donations made to Smithsonian Institution

This is an online portal with information on donations that were announced publicly (or have been shared with permission) that were of interest to Vipul Naik. The git repository with the code for this portal, as well as all the underlying data, is available on GitHub. All payment amounts are in current United States dollars (USD). The repository of donations is being seeded with an initial collation by Issa Rice as well as continued contributions from him (see his commits and the contract work page listing all financially compensated contributions to the site) but all responsibility for errors and inaccuracies belongs to Vipul Naik. Current data is preliminary and has not been completely vetted and normalized; if sharing a link to this site or any page on this site, please include the caveat that the data is preliminary (if you want to share without including caveats, please check with Vipul Naik). We expect to have completed the first round of development by the end of March 2022. See the about page for more details. Also of interest: pageview data on analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._and_Catherine_T._MacArthur_Foundation
Facebook username macarthurfdn
Websitehttps://www.macfound.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/
Twitter usernamemacfound
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.macfound.org/about/how-we-work/
Grant application process pagehttps://www.macfound.org/info-grantseekers/
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/macarthur-foundation

Brief history: https://www.macfound.org/about/our-history/

Full donor page for donor MacArthur Foundation

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page Smithsonian
Websitehttp://www.si.edu/
Twitter usernamesmithsonian
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithsonian_Institution
Instagram usernamesmithsonian
Tumblr subdomainsmithsonian

Full donee page for donee Smithsonian Institution

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 13 100,000 180,614 15,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 65,000 100,000 175,000 250,000 367,617 500,000 542,363
FIXME 13 100,000 180,614 15,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 65,000 100,000 175,000 250,000 367,617 500,000 542,363

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 2010 2006 2004 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1990 1989 1987 1983
FIXME (filter this donor) 13 2,347,980.00 500,000.00 65,000.00 228,000.00 367,617.00 15,000.00 250,000.00 100,000.00 30,000.00 25,000.00 200,000.00 542,363.00 25,000.00
Total 13 2,347,980.00 500,000.00 65,000.00 228,000.00 367,617.00 15,000.00 250,000.00 100,000.00 30,000.00 25,000.00 200,000.00 542,363.00 25,000.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (13 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 13)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
500,000.0022010FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To create a YOUmedia Center at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
65,000.0082006FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of setting a 10-year biodiversity science agenda for the Institution and the wider scientific community. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
228,000.0052004FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- In support of workshops to develop a ten-year biodiversity science agenda for the Institution and the wider scientific community (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
367,617.0031996FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- A sale of eight acres south of Seaway Drive at less than fair market value, for a distribution credit of $367,617. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
15,000.00131995FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the International Biodiversity Monitoring Symposium. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
250,000.0041994FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support field research and training conducted by the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems program in Amazonian Brazil (over three years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
100,000.0071993FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support a Commission on the Future of the Smithsonian. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
30,000.0091992FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- For a conference attended by senior administration and congressional officials and media leaders in preparation for the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
25,000.00101990FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support a planning conference for a joint Soviet-U.S. exhibition on the great issues of the 20th century. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
25,000.00101989FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
175,000.0061989FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To work with Latin American museums to plan rainforest exhibitions (over two years). Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
542,363.0011987FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support "Tropical Rainforests: A Disappearing Treasure," a multimedia exhibtion opening in Washington, DC, and travelling to 12 cities. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..
25,000.00101983FIXMEhttps://www.macfound.org/grants/-- To support research and national planning of Black History Month events. Affected countries: United States; affected cities: Washington, D.C..