Sloan Foundation donations made to Columbia 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 analytics.vipulnaik.com, tutorial in README, request for feedback to EA Forum.

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_P._Sloan_Foundation
Facebook username sloanfoundation
Websitehttps://sloan.org/
Donations URLhttps://sloan.org/grants-database
Twitter usernameSloanFoundation
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://sloan.org/about#mission
Grant application process pagehttps://sloan.org/grants/apply
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/sloan-foundation

Full donor page for donor Sloan Foundation

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page columbia
Websitehttp://www.columbia.edu
Twitter usernamecolumbia
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University
Instagram usernamecolumbia

Full donee page for donee Columbia 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 44 125,000 207,119 3,800 20,000 43,767 50,000 100,000 125,000 248,400 289,541 384,633 467,837 663,141
Digital Technology 11 124,996 186,064 3,800 15,000 19,385 20,000 20,000 124,996 125,000 313,241 384,633 420,640 600,007
Economics 7 124,948 165,077 20,000 20,000 85,682 100,000 100,000 124,948 125,000 125,000 209,610 490,298 490,298
Science 5 43,767 212,753 30,000 30,000 30,000 40,000 40,000 43,767 43,767 299,998 299,998 650,000 650,000
Public Understanding 5 221,837 194,685 45,000 45,000 45,000 150,108 150,108 221,837 221,837 266,939 266,939 289,541 289,541
Energy and Environment 9 50,000 155,957 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 248,400 254,994 299,989 350,226 350,226
Initiatives 3 124,338 146,430 64,951 64,951 64,951 64,951 124,338 124,338 124,338 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Working Longer 4 450,000 507,731 449,944 449,944 449,944 450,000 450,000 450,000 467,837 467,837 663,141 663,141 663,141

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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 11 2,046,702.00 404,633.00 328,241.00 0.00 620,007.00 144,385.00 0.00 420,640.00 128,796.00 0.00 0.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 4 2,030,922.00 0.00 0.00 449,944.00 917,837.00 663,141.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 9 1,403,609.00 0.00 604,983.00 400,226.00 298,400.00 50,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Economics (filter this donor) 7 1,155,538.00 209,610.00 615,298.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 124,948.00 85,682.00 100,000.00
Science (filter this donor) 5 1,063,765.00 299,998.00 0.00 0.00 43,767.00 650,000.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 5 973,425.00 0.00 0.00 289,541.00 0.00 266,939.00 0.00 0.00 150,108.00 221,837.00 45,000.00
Initiatives (filter this donor) 3 439,289.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 64,951.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 124,338.00 0.00
Total 44 9,113,250.00 914,241.00 1,548,522.00 1,139,711.00 1,944,962.00 2,024,465.00 70,000.00 490,640.00 403,852.00 431,857.00 145,000.00

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

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (44 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 44)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
299,998.00122018Science/Chemistry of Indoor Environmentshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8582-- Grant investigator: V. Faye McNeill; to examine hydrolysis reactions on damp surfaces and the impact on indoor air quality.
20,000.00392018Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8430-- Grant investigator: Jeannette Wing; to partially support a summit of data science leadership across US universities.
384,633.0092018Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8517-- Grant investigator: Kerstin Lehnert; to develop a global, scalable, and sustainable technical and organizational infrastructure for persistent unique identifiers of physical scientific samples.
209,610.00202018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8530-- Grant investigator: Eric Johnson; to conduct experiments on the behavioral welfare effects of heterogeneous nudging.
313,241.00112017Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7998-- Grant investigator: Andreas Mueller; to enable greater use of machine learning techniques in scientific research through technical and user experience improvements to scikit-learn.
299,989.00132017Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8248-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to support the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast series to disseminate information and deepen dialogue around energy and environment issues.
125,000.00222017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8231-- Grant investigator: Edmund Phelps; initiative: Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST); to study the general equilibrium effects on labor markets due to robots.
50,000.00302017Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8131-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to providing continuing support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series and roundtable discussions to increase overall knowledge and understanding of key energy issues and trends.
15,000.00432017Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7992-- Grant investigator: Mark Hansen; to support a meeting on offline data transfer networks.
490,298.0042017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8033-- Grant investigator: Emi Nakamura; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to integrate behavioral insights into the foundations of standard macroeconomic models by re-examining the role of the Euler equation.
254,994.00162017Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8135-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to continue support for the Women in Energy program at the Center on Global Energy Policy to improve the engagement of women in energy policy, security, and technology communities.
350,226.00102016Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8155-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to improve the training of energy journalists through an introduction to high quality research in energy economics, geopolitics, and innovation.
50,000.00302016Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8152-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to provide continuing support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series and roundtable discussions to inform dialogue about critical energy issues.
449,944.0072016Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/6972-- Grant investigator: Ruth Finkelstein; to build on the momentum of the previous Age Smart Employer Awards to raise awareness of employers about the value of an age-diverse workforce and effective strategies to recruit, engage, and retain older workers.
289,541.00142016Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7237-- Grant investigator: Trey Ellis; to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology through enhanced research, mentorship, and award opportunities.
20,000.00392015Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6699-- Grant investigator: Kerstin Lehnert; to support a meeting on best practices for data publication in the Earth and space sciences.
450,000.0062015Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/6980-- Grant investigator: Ursula Staudinger; to investigate how mental stimulation through different types of activities affects cognitive performance in later life and to determine the unique and overlapping contributions of these activities.
467,837.0052015Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/6982-- Grant investigator: Ruth Finkelstein; to provide working journalists with coherent, accessible current research on working longer as a central strategy toward making population aging into an opportunity rather than an individual and societal crisis.
50,000.00302015Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7457-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to continue support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series to inform public debate about critical energy issues.
600,007.0032015Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6614-- Grant investigator: Andrew Gelman; to support the development, maintenance, and dissemination of Stan, a probabilistic programming language that simplifies Bayesian modeling and data analysis.
64,951.00292015Initiatives/New York City Initiativeshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7133-- Grant investigator: Jeff Schlegelmilch; to develop strategies to improve emergency preparedness at NYC schools.
248,400.00182015Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7470-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to support the Women in Energy program at the Center on Global Energy Policy to help increase gender diversity and female leadership in the energy sector.
43,767.00362015Science/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7725-- Grant investigator: Jose Zubizarreta; to develop new statistical methods for improving the design, analysis, and efficiency of randomized experiments and observational studies of causal effects.
50,000.00302014Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7478-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; to continue support for the Center on Global Energy Policy’s external speaker series to inform public debate about critical energy issues.
125,000.00222014Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6632-- Grant investigator: Kathleen McKeown; to demonstrate the effectiveness of supporting collaborative teams of data-driven researchers within a university.
650,000.0022014Science/Deep Carbon Observatoryhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7684-- Grant investigator: Peter Kelemen; to support seven field studies integral to the success of the Deep Carbon Observatory.
266,939.00152014Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7263-- Grant investigator: Trey Ellis; to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology.
663,141.0012014Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7008-- Grant investigator: Ruth Finkelstein; to enhance and expand the scope of the Age Smart Employer Awards.
250,000.00172014Initiatives/New York City Initiativeshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7141-- Grant investigator: W. Lipkin; to determine the microflora of mice in proximity to densely populated and high-traffic areas in New York City.
19,385.00422014Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6623-- Grant investigator: Matthew Jones; to support a workshop on the history of data science and the use of data in the history of science more broadly.
20,000.00392013Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6884-- Grant investigator: Bruce Kogut; to provide support for editing an educational video about financial innovation, markets, and regulation so that it meets WNET/PBS guidelines for broadcasting.
50,000.00302013Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7493-- Grant investigator: Jason Bordoff; for support of the Center on Global Energy Policy's external speaker series to help inform public debate.
40,000.00372012Science/Deep Carbon Observatoryhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7697-- Grant investigator: Kristen Lehnert; to develop DiamondDB, a community data Infrastructure for diamond research within the Deep Carbon Observatory.
420,640.0082012Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6752-- Grant investigator: Victoria Stodden; to further develop RunMyCode, a platform that links data and code for real-time reproduction of published studies.
30,000.00382012Science/Deep Carbon Observatoryhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7703-- Grant investigator: Peter Kelemen; to support a planning and proposal development workshop for a drilling project about ophiolite rocks important for the Deep Carbon Observatory.
124,996.00242011Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6731-- Grant investigator: Damon Jaggars; to create a graphical, open-source Citation Style Language (CSL) editor that can be used to develop, edit, and customize bibliographic reference styles.
3,800.00442011Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6662-- Grant investigator: Victoria Stodden; to support a community forum to bring together stakeholders such as scientists, journal editors, funding agencies, to discuss the reproducibility in the computational sciences.
124,948.00252011Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6911-- Grant investigator: Eric Johnson; to conduct behavioral research on decision-making by consumers that informs the design of health insurance exchanges.
150,108.00212011Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7279-- Grant investigator: Evangeline Morphos; for a pilot production grant to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to incorporate science and technology themes into storytelling for the World Wide Web.
124,338.00262010Initiatives/New York City Initiativeshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7119-- Grant investigator: Allan Blaer; to document and build on the history of the Science Honors program.
221,837.00192010Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7280-- Grant investigator: Trey Ellis; to write screenplays and produce short films about science and technology.
85,682.00282010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6930-- Grant investigator: Eric Johnson; to perform experiments on how consumers' characteristics affect their annuity decisions.
100,000.00272008Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6966-- Grant investigator: Edmund Phelps; for a conference to spur discussion of "imperfect knowledge economics" for problems in exchange rates, equity markets, and behavioral economics.
45,000.00352008Public Understanding/Bookshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7234-- Grant investigator: Eric Kandel; support for a book on the influence of scientific medicine on leading thinkers and artists.