Sloan Foundation donations made to Boston 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.

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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 BostonUniversity
Twitter usernameBU_Tweets
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee Boston 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 4 250,000 357,336 50,000 50,000 50,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 424,360 424,360 704,982 704,982 704,982
Energy and Environment 2 50,000 237,180 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 424,360 424,360 424,360 424,360 424,360
Working Longer 2 250,000 477,491 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 704,982 704,982 704,982 704,982 704,982

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 2015 2012
Working Longer (filter this donor) 2 954,982.00 0.00 0.00 704,982.00 250,000.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 2 474,360.00 50,000.00 424,360.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4 1,429,342.00 50,000.00 424,360.00 704,982.00 250,000.00

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 (4 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
50,000.0042018Energy and Environment/ Grant investigator: Michael Dietze; to organize an interdisciplinary conference that will launch the Ecological Forecasting Initiative.
424,360.0022017Energy and Environment/ Grant investigator: Michael Caramanis; to develop, evaluate, and transfer to practice a robust framework of distribution locational marginal prices that can improve efficiencies in electricity distribution.
704,982.0012015Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Laurence Kotlikoff; to measure the work disincentives facing older Americans arising from America’s major fiscal programs and provisions.
250,000.0032012Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Emelia Benjamin; to further accelerate the school's progress in achieving faculty career flexibility. Winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Faculty Career Flexibility in Medical Schools.