Nathan Cummings Foundation donations made to Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username NathanCummingsFoundation
Donations URL
Page on philosophy informing donations
Grant application process page
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script

Full donor page for donor Nathan Cummings Foundation

Basic donee information


Full donee page for donee Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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 10,000 13,900 5,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 12,500 12,500 32,000 32,000
3 10,000 15,667 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 32,000 32,000 32,000 32,000
Arts 1 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Research, Development & Evaluation Grant 1 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500 12,500

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 2008 2004 2003 1995 1993
(filter this donor) 3 47,000.00 32,000.00 5,000.00 10,000.00 0.00 0.00
Research, Development & Evaluation Grant (filter this donor) 1 12,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 12,500.00
Arts (filter this donor) 1 10,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 10,000.00 0.00
Total 5 69,500.00 32,000.00 5,000.00 10,000.00 10,000.00 12,500.00

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 (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
10,000.0031995Arts/Arts Education EXHIBITION of the work of children at the Harlem Horizon Art Studio,.
12,500.0021993Research, Development & Evaluation Grant For "Covering/Uncovering the Culture Wars," a conference of journalists covering the ideological conflicts relating to art, culture, and religion; and for publication of the proceedings in the Columbia Journalism Review.