Sloan Foundation donations made to Princeton 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 princetonu
Twitter usernameprinceton
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameprinceton_university
Org Watch page

Full donee page for donee Princeton 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 7 100,000 175,048 6,000 6,000 20,000 22,900 22,900 100,000 115,000 115,000 383,891 577,544 577,544
Digital Technology 2 6,000 13,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Science 1 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900 22,900
Working Longer 2 100,000 241,946 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 383,891 383,891 383,891 383,891 383,891
Economics 2 115,000 346,272 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 577,544 577,544 577,544 577,544 577,544

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 2017 2016 2014 2012 2008
Economics (filter this donor) 2 692,544.00 0.00 0.00 692,544.00 0.00 0.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 2 483,891.00 383,891.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 2 26,000.00 0.00 20,000.00 0.00 6,000.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 1 22,900.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 22,900.00
Total 7 1,225,335.00 383,891.00 20,000.00 692,544.00 106,000.00 22,900.00

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
383,891.0022017Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Alan Krueger; to improve the Contingent Worker Supplement (CWS) questions in order to increase validity, reduce measurement error, and include appropriate categories of alternative workers.
20,000.0062016Digital Technology/Scholarly Communication Grant investigator: Matthew Salganik; to develop and test open source software to enable an open review process for academic books.
115,000.0032014Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: Markus Brunnermeier; initiative: Economic Implications of the Great Recession (EIGR); to connect and train graduate students from around the world who are beginning dissertation research on macro-financial models.
577,544.0012014Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: Eldar Shafir; initiative: Behavioral Economics and Household Finance (BEHF); to study how the psychology of scarcity and slack has implications for behavioral and traditional economics.
100,000.0042012Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Joan Gingas; winner of the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Best Practices for Faculty Retirement Transitions.
6,000.0072012Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Janet Vertesi; to support a full-day workshop aimed at producing an outline for a Digital Science and Technology Studies Handbook.
22,900.0052008Science/ Grant investigator: Carlos Brody; to provide partial support for the 2008 Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology Summer Workshop.