Sloan Foundation donations made to Harvard 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 harvard
Websitehttp://www.harvard.edu/
Twitter usernameBOSCityCouncil
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvard_University
Instagram usernameharvard
Org Watch pagehttps://orgwatch.issarice.com/?organization=Harvard+University

Full donee page for donee Harvard 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 41 125,000 351,779 15,000 19,840 25,000 60,000 110,130 125,000 286,695 327,033 559,435 845,000 2,498,168
Digital Technology 9 499,697 649,992 15,000 15,000 19,840 36,288 125,000 499,697 751,941 845,000 1,058,994 2,498,168 2,498,168
Working Longer 5 421,285 419,974 19,200 19,200 19,200 396,988 396,988 421,285 421,285 604,647 604,647 657,748 657,748
Economics 17 124,994 205,538 19,460 19,575 34,951 80,000 89,570 124,994 277,661 286,695 293,299 327,033 992,018
Science 4 25,000 136,185 20,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 25,000 25,000 249,739 249,739 249,999 249,999 249,999
Energy and Environment 5 90,070 167,927 20,000 20,000 20,000 60,000 60,000 90,070 90,070 110,130 110,130 559,435 559,435
Higher Education 1 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609 1,594,609

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 2009 2008
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 9 5,849,928.00 499,697.00 0.00 19,840.00 751,941.00 845,000.00 0.00 1,058,994.00 2,513,168.00 161,288.00 0.00 0.00
Economics (filter this donor) 17 3,494,148.00 452,033.00 100,000.00 346,148.00 411,689.00 992,018.00 0.00 570,911.00 0.00 437,395.00 123,954.00 60,000.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 5 2,099,868.00 421,285.00 657,748.00 0.00 604,647.00 0.00 416,188.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Higher Education (filter this donor) 1 1,594,609.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,594,609.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 5 839,635.00 559,435.00 20,000.00 90,070.00 110,130.00 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 4 544,738.00 0.00 0.00 269,999.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 249,739.00 0.00 0.00 25,000.00 0.00
Total 41 14,422,926.00 1,932,450.00 777,748.00 726,057.00 3,473,016.00 1,897,018.00 416,188.00 1,879,644.00 2,513,168.00 598,683.00 148,954.00 60,000.00

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

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (41 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 41)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
421,285.00112018Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8487-- Grant investigator: Lisa Berkman; to renew an interdisciplinary, postdoctoral training program called the “Sloan Fellowship on Aging and Work” that addresses the challenges of aging societies and labor force participation.
327,033.00132018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8446-- Grant investigator: Jose Zubizarreta; to develop new statistical methods that improve both the identification of causal effects in observational studies as well as the generalizability of randomized experiments.
125,000.00212018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8525-- Grant investigator: Maximilian Kasy; to compare, both theoretically and empirically, standard versus ideal ways of determining which kinds of statistical findings merit publication.
499,697.00102018Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8520-- Grant investigator: Merce Crosas; to improve the ability to curate and verify replication datasets within the Dataverse data archiving platform through a suite of software containerization and metadata tools, and to support the development of a new data curation service at the Harvard Dataverse.
559,435.0092018Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8567-- Grant investigator: Venkatesh Narayanamurti; to examine the role of technology and knowledge spillovers in the development of novel clean energy technologies.
657,748.0072017Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8083-- Grant investigator: Nicole Maestas; to support research that addresses how work conditions shape observed employment transitions of older workers and how age and employment status affect preferences for working conditions.
80,000.00282017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8233-- Grant investigator: Karim Lakhani; initiative: Economic Analysis of Science and Technology (EAST); to organize interdisciplinary studies of the scientific research enterprise, including how inputs produce the outputs.
20,000.00342017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8049-- Grant investigator: Shing-Tung Yau; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to support the Third Annual Conference on Big Data at the Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications.
20,000.00342017Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8132-- Grant investigator: Joseph Aldy; to identify principles for conducting retrospective review of energy and environmental regulations.
19,840.00372016Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8022-- Grant investigator: Alyssa Goodman; to support workshops on the creation of standards for entering temporal data into timeline visualization tools.
90,070.00262016Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8164-- Grant investigator: Gernot Wagner; to conduct research and organize a conference examining the risks and benefits of solar geoengineering research.
249,999.00192016Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8217-- Grant investigator: Curtis Huttenhower; to determine the metabolic activity of host- and environmentally-derived microbes in the public transportation microbiome.
326,688.00142016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8039-- Grant investigator: Xavier Gabaix; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to develop behaviorally informed versions of basic macroeconomic models.
20,000.00342016Science/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7717-- Grant investigator: Shing-Tung Yau; to support the Second Annual Conference on Big Data at the Harvard Center for Mathematical Sciences and Applications.
19,460.00392016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6784-- Grant investigator: David Laibson; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to compile, edit, and workshop the first Handbook in Behavioral Economics.
124,994.00232015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6839-- Grant investigator: Richard McCullough; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to strengthen a new postdoctoral program for interdisciplinary work on data science by including a position for a quantitative social scientist.
286,695.00172015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6791-- Grant investigator: Andrei Shleifer; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to fashion fundamental concepts and models for behavioral economics based on theories of context-dependent choice.
751,941.0062015Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6608-- Grant investigator: Gary King; to facilitate social science research on large-scale datasets by expanding the capabilities of Dataverse repository software.
604,647.0082015Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/6994-- Grant investigator: Lisa Berkman; to deliver an interdisciplinary, postdoctoral training program on aging and work that addresses the challenges of aging societies and labor force participation.
1,594,609.0022015Higher Education/Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groupshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7606-- Grant investigator: Sheila Thomas; to increase both the number of minority students entering top Ph.D. programs in economics and economics?related fields and the diversity of the economics faculties and work force.
110,130.00252015Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7471-- Grant investigator: Joseph Aldy; to examine the efficiency, cost effectiveness, and fiscal impacts of implementing multiple, overlapping renewable energy policy instruments.
60,000.00292014Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7484-- Grant investigator: Robert Stavins; to improve processes for the assessment of social science research related to climate change and communicate the results of assessments effectively to policymakers.
992,018.0042014Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6802-- Grant investigator: Max Bazerman; initiative: Behavioral Economics and Household Finance (BEHF); to promote interdepartmental, intergovernmental, and international cooperation on policy-relevant research by behavioral scientists.
845,000.0052014Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6710-- Grant investigator: Gary King; to make empirical research more reliable and replicable by helping academic journals process, publish, and preserve datasets accompanying article submissions.
396,988.00122013Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7016-- Grant investigator: Frank Dobbin; to evaluate how institutions of higher education can effectively promote faculty diversity in higher education, including an evaluation of the Sloan Foundation's program on faculty career flexibility.
19,200.00402013Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7032-- Grant investigator: Frank Dobbin; to study the effects of academic hiring, promotion, diversity, and work-life policies on the professional advancement of STEM faculty from underrepresented groups, and overall faculty diversity.
277,661.00182012Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6806-- Grant investigator: Robert Stavins; initiative: Behavioral Economics and Household Finance (BEHF); to develop, refine, and promulgate an agenda for energy efficiency research.
249,739.00202012Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7805-- Grant investigator: Curtis Huttenhower; to examine the transmission of human?-associated microbes by public transportation surfaces.
1,058,994.0032012Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6727-- Grant investigator: Gary King; to help social science journals process and publish the data associated with research articles.
293,250.00162012Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6892-- Grant investigator: Erez Lieberman Aiden; to create and deploy a Laboratory for Online Research in Economics.
2,498,168.0012011Digital Technology/Universal Access to Knowledgehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6773-- Grant investigator: John Palfrey; for an intense two-year process of workshops, meetings, plenaries, research, pilot digitization, prototype development, and community building that will result in the launch of the Digital Public Library of America.
15,000.00412011Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6733-- Grant investigator: Alyssa Goodman; to support the Microsoft Research eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication.
89,570.00272010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6921-- Grant investigator: Robert Stavins; to advance understanding of market-based approaches to environmental protection by examining the legacy of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 by means of a two day workshop and report.
125,000.00212010Digital Technology/Universal Access to Knowledgehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6776-- Grant investigator: John Palfrey; to build on the momentum from the Radcliffe conference and develop the Digital Public Library of America through a series of workshops and meetings.
36,288.00312010Digital Technology/Universal Access to Knowledgehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6778-- Grant investigator: Robert Darnton; to hold a two-day conference on creating a National Digital Library.
34,951.00322010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6931-- Grant investigator: Daniel Carpenter; to study how risk databases and choice engines can improve consumers' financial decisions.
19,575.00382010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6926-- Grant investigator: Elaine Bernard; to study career choice in terms of the benefits to society and tax costs to individuals.
293,299.00152010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6939-- Grant investigator: Sendhil Mullainathan; to study behavioral factors that influence consumers' energy utilization and efficiency choices.
123,954.00242009Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6951-- Grant investigator: Richard Zeckhauser; for research on Collaborative Filtering in Financial Markets.
25,000.00332009Science/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7839-- Grant investigator: Markus Meister; to provide partial support for the 2009 Sloan-Swartz Meeting on Computational Neuroscience.
60,000.00292008Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6959-- Grant investigator: John Coates; to organize and hold a conference about promising new areas of research in corporate governance.