Sloan Foundation donations made to Smithsonian Institution

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 Smithsonian
Twitter usernamesmithsonian
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernamesmithsonian
Tumblr subdomainsmithsonian

Full donee page for donee Smithsonian Institution

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 60,000 199,966 30,000 30,000 30,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 110,000 110,000 599,862 599,862 599,862
Science 2 30,000 314,931 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 30,000 599,862 599,862 599,862 599,862 599,862
Energy and Environment 1 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000
Digital Technology 1 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000 110,000

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 2014 2013 2011
Science (filter this donor) 2 629,862.00 599,862.00 30,000.00 0.00
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 1 110,000.00 0.00 110,000.00 0.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 1 60,000.00 0.00 0.00 60,000.00
Total 4 799,862.00 599,862.00 140,000.00 60,000.00

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 (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
599,862.0012014Science/Deep Carbon Observatory Grant investigator: Elizabeth Cottrell; to advance jointly the modeling and visualization of deep carbon.
110,000.0022013Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Robert Corrigan; to combine developing and existing Smithsonian resources in novel ways to investigate, document, and demonstrate a prototypical working model for managing the digital information lifecycle.
30,000.0042013Science/Deep Carbon Observatory Grant investigator: Barbara Rehm; to research and prepare a report about the supply and demand for videos, films, books and other media about deep carbon.
60,000.0032011Energy and Environment/ Grant investigator: Leonard Hirsch; initiative: Forests; to conduct international dialogues, especially for the Americas, and related activities to explore the feasibility of an international academic network for measurement and monitoring of the world's forests.