Sloan Foundation donations made to Michigan 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 spartans.msu
Twitter usernamemichiganstateu
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamemichiganstateu

Full donee page for donee Michigan 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 4 120,000 269,077 49,900 49,900 49,900 120,000 120,000 120,000 419,203 419,203 487,203 487,203 487,203
Working Longer 3 419,203 318,769 49,900 49,900 49,900 49,900 419,203 419,203 419,203 487,203 487,203 487,203 487,203
Science 1 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000 120,000

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 2016 2011
Working Longer (filter this donor) 3 956,306.00 487,203.00 469,103.00
Science (filter this donor) 1 120,000.00 120,000.00 0.00
Total 4 1,076,306.00 607,203.00 469,103.00

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
120,000.0032016Science/Microbiology of the Built Environment Grant investigator: Joan Rose; to support Jean Pierre Nshimyimana in studying the role of the virome in the microbiological stability of the aquatic built environment.
487,203.0012016Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Peter Berg; to advance our understanding of how establishments respond to changes in pensionable ages implemented through public pension reform and phased over a 13-year period.
419,203.0022011Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Peter Berg; to fill a gap in research by investigating how the "employment environment" promotes or impedes the ability of individuals to remain at work past traditional ages of retirement.
49,900.0042011Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Peter Berg; to produce an edited volume and build a community of international scholars focused on an international comparative analysis of the impact of working-time configurations on older workers.