Sloan Foundation donations made to New York Academy of Sciences

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 nyasciences
Twitter usernamenyasciences
Wikipedia page

Full donee page for donee New York Academy of Sciences

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 5 40,000 116,657 12,000 12,000 12,000 20,000 20,000 40,000 40,000 110,140 110,140 401,144 401,144
Science 1 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000 12,000
Initiatives 2 20,000 65,070 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 110,140 110,140 110,140 110,140 110,140
Public Understanding 1 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000 40,000
Higher Education 1 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144 401,144

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 2009
Higher Education (filter this donor) 1 401,144.00 401,144.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiatives (filter this donor) 2 130,140.00 0.00 110,140.00 0.00 20,000.00
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 1 40,000.00 40,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 1 12,000.00 0.00 0.00 12,000.00 0.00
Total 5 583,284.00 441,144.00 110,140.00 12,000.00 20,000.00

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 (5 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 5)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
40,000.0032018Public Understanding/New Media Grant investigator: Melanie Brickman Borchard; to support a multidisciplinary symposium and panel on science denialism.
401,144.0012018Higher Education/Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups Grant investigator: Stephanie Wortel-London; to expand the developing pilot program, Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT), to train 90 diverse, advanced doctoral students to lead institutional change through acquisition of strong entrepreneurial, interpersonal, and technical skills.
110,140.0022017Initiatives/New York City Initiatives Grant investigator: Yaihara Fortis Santiago; to provide a diverse cadre of 30 advanced doctoral students in STEM fields with leadership skills to give them maximum flexibility in considering career options through a 5 day workshop and 9-month webinar program called Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT).
12,000.0052015Science/Microbiology of the Built Environment Grant investigator: Brooke Grindlinger; to support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled "Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome".
20,000.0042009Initiatives/New York City Initiatives Grant investigator: Stacie Bloom; partial support to actively engage ca. 100 science/math teachers and administrators from the seven schools of 2009 Sloan Awardees for Excellence in the Teaching of Science and Mathematics as core participants in planned NYC Science Education initiative.