Sloan Foundation donations made to Arizona State University

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, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

Table of contents

Basic donor information

Country United States
Wikipedia page
Facebook username sloanfoundation
Donations URL
Twitter usernameSloanFoundation
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 Sloan Foundation

Basic donee information

Facebook page arizonastateuniversity
Twitter usernameasu
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Arizona State University

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 5 140,000 165,214 15,000 15,000 15,000 122,846 122,846 140,000 140,000 248,648 248,648 299,574 299,574
Energy and Environment 2 15,000 157,287 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 299,574 299,574 299,574 299,574 299,574
Higher Education 1 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846 122,846
Science 1 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000 140,000
Public Understanding 1 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648 248,648

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 2018 2017 2011
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 2 314,574.00 0.00 299,574.00 15,000.00
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 1 248,648.00 0.00 248,648.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 1 140,000.00 0.00 140,000.00 0.00
Higher Education (filter this donor) 1 122,846.00 122,846.00 0.00 0.00
Total 5 826,068.00 122,846.00 688,222.00 15,000.00

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 (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
122,846.0042018Higher Education/Science of Learning STEM Grant investigator: Donald Siegel; to integrate engineering principles and thought into the Masters of Public Policy/Masters of Public Administration programs to enhance the effectiveness of public and nonprofit managers.
299,574.0012017Energy and Environment/ Grant investigator: Daniel Sarewitz; to examine alternative governance approaches and institutions associated with geoengineering research, focusing on solar radiation management field experiments, using participatory deliberation methodologies.
248,648.0022017Public Understanding/New Media Grant investigator: Ed Finn; to create a free, open source, interactive, digital edition of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds that bridges the sciences and humanities and seeks to foster an engaged community of readers.
140,000.0032017Science/Microbiology of the Built Environment Grant investigator: Cheryl Nickerson; to develope predictive model systems of polymicrobial biofilm formation and susceptibility to chemical disinfectant:  A longitudinal study with implications for spaceflight systems integrity and health risks.
15,000.0052011Energy and Environment/ Grant investigator: V. Smith; to provide travel support for attendees at a conference on macroeconomic theory and environmental issues.