Sloan Foundation donations made to George Mason 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 georgemason
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamegeorgemasonu
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee George Mason 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 7 379,704 396,128 89,951 89,951 100,000 124,095 124,095 379,704 481,340 481,340 736,042 861,762 861,762
Working Longer 2 89,951 94,976 89,951 89,951 89,951 89,951 89,951 89,951 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Digital Technology 4 481,340 550,810 124,095 124,095 124,095 481,340 481,340 481,340 736,042 736,042 861,762 861,762 861,762
Initiatives 1 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704 379,704

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 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2009
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 4 2,203,239.00 736,042.00 481,340.00 0.00 0.00 861,762.00 124,095.00
Initiatives (filter this donor) 1 379,704.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 379,704.00 0.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 2 189,951.00 0.00 0.00 89,951.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 7 2,772,894.00 736,042.00 481,340.00 89,951.00 100,000.00 1,241,466.00 124,095.00

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 (7 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
736,042.0022015Digital Technology/Scholarly Communication Grant investigator: Sean Takats; to support outreach for and adoption of PressForward, a software platform for the editorial curation of online scholarly research products.
481,340.0032014Digital Technology/Scholarly Communication Grant investigator: Sean Takats; to support extensive outreach in conjunction with continued refinement of the PressForward software platform in order to produce curated overlay publications for scientific communities.
89,951.0072013Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Eden King; to identify the primary causes of age-related differences in training outcomes and develop and examine interventions to ameliorate age-related performance discrepancies.
100,000.0062012Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Linda Harber; winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Best Practices for Faculty Retirement Transitions.
861,762.0012011Digital Technology/Scholarly Communication Grant investigator: Joan Fragaszy; to pioneer new methods for capturing and highlighting online scholarly materials in ways that are useful to research communities.
379,704.0042011Initiatives/New York City Initiatives Grant investigator: Michael McDonald; to provide updated software, data, and education that facilitate public participation in the redistricting of New York State.
124,095.0052009Digital Technology/ Grant investigator: Michael McDonald; to demonstrate the feasibility of redistricting software accessibility through a web-browser.