Sloan Foundation donations made to The University of Chicago

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
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Chicago_Student_Government

Full donee page for donee The University of Chicago

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 24 493,818 474,857 17,300 55,000 80,000 125,000 214,690 493,818 605,281 700,000 881,666 995,670 1,094,203
Science 7 141,450 443,815 17,300 17,300 35,186 80,000 80,000 141,450 856,900 856,900 881,666 1,094,203 1,094,203
Energy and Environment 3 60,375 240,219 55,000 55,000 55,000 55,000 60,375 60,375 60,375 605,281 605,281 605,281 605,281
Economics 9 580,003 574,450 100,119 100,119 214,690 399,974 493,818 580,003 690,000 700,000 995,670 995,775 995,775
Working Longer 2 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000
Digital Technology 3 750,000 716,385 499,156 499,156 499,156 499,156 750,000 750,000 750,000 900,000 900,000 900,000 900,000

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Economics (filter this donor) 9 5,170,049.00 1,089,974.00 700,000.00 493,818.00 1,790,468.00 0.00 100,119.00 0.00 995,670.00 0.00
Science (filter this donor) 7 3,106,705.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 961,666.00 0.00 0.00 874,200.00 141,450.00 1,129,389.00
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 3 2,149,156.00 0.00 750,000.00 0.00 900,000.00 499,156.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Energy and Environment (filter this donor) 3 720,656.00 605,281.00 60,375.00 55,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 2 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 24 11,396,566.00 1,695,255.00 1,510,375.00 673,818.00 3,777,134.00 499,156.00 100,119.00 874,200.00 1,137,120.00 1,129,389.00

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 (24 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 24)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
399,974.00142018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8448-- Grant investigator: Jens Ludwig; to study the complementarity between prediction algorithms and human decision-making.
605,281.00102018Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8457-- Grant investigator: Michael Greenstone; to support the training of early career scholars in developing a more detailed, granular approach to estimating damage functions that can contribute to providing more transparent estimates of the social cost of carbon.
690,000.0092018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8531-- Grant investigator: Thomas Sargent; to develop, debug, and disseminate macroeconomic models and software that do not assume rational expectations.
700,000.0082017Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8051-- Grant investigator: Bruce Meyer; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to compile accurate and comprehensive microdata about household income by developing new methods for combining survey results with administrative data.
750,000.0072017Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8001-- Grant investigator: James Evans; to study how the choice of computational tools such as programming languages and data-analysis environments impacts their users.
60,375.00212017Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8139-- Grant investigator: Michael Greenstone; to organize a workshop that will foster deeper, more productive dialogue between economists and engineers regarding the impact of energy efficiency programs.
125,000.00172016Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/8088-- Grant investigator: Damon Jones; to investigate the impact of the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test, which creates substantial disincentives for work, on the elderly employment rate.
55,000.00222016Energy and Environment/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/7435-- Grant investigator: Steven Cicala; to convene academic economists and power system engineers from distribution utilities to identify critical research questions and opportunities for collaboration.
493,818.00132016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6836-- Grant investigator: Matthew Gee; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to facilitate workforce research by brokering, combining, documenting, and making available for study administrative data about labor markets from a variety of sources.
580,003.00112015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6790-- Grant investigator: John List; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to study experimentally the welfare economics of nudging and other behavioral interventions.
80,000.00202015Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7748-- Grant investigator: Jack Gilbert; to organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment.
900,000.0042015Digital Technology/Scholarly Communicationhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6703-- Grant investigator: John Lafferty; to accelerate scientific discovery by using statistical machine learning to enable advanced search of mathematical literature.
214,690.00152015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6793-- Grant investigator: Devin Pope; initiative: Behavioral and Regulatory Effects on Decision-making (BRED); to elicit and study experts’ prior predictions about the outcomes of experiments in behavioral economics.
995,775.0022015Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6871-- Grant investigator: Lars Hansen; initiative: Financial and Institutional Modeling in Macroeconomics (FIMM); to construct, calibrate, and compare models for analyzing how the financial institutions interact with the real economy.
125,000.00172015Working Longer/https://sloan.org/grant-detail/6987-- Grant investigator: Damon Jones; to investigate the impact of the Social Security Retirement Earnings Test.
881,666.0052015Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7754-- Grant investigator: Jack Gilbert; to develop new knowledge about the metabolism of indoor microbial communities using experimental and modeling approaches.
499,156.00122014Digital Technology/Data & Computational Researchhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6637-- Grant investigator: Ian Foster; to facilitate more efficient movement, management, and sharing of research data.
100,119.00192013Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6831-- Grant investigator: Eric Posner; initiative: Economic Implications of the Great Recession (EIGR); to hold a conference on analyzing the costs and benefits of financial regulation.
856,900.0062012Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7807-- Grant investigator: Jack Gilbert; to characterize the surface, air, water and human-associated microbial communities in two hospitals to monitor changes following the introduction of patients and staff.
17,300.00242012Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7810-- Grant investigator: Jack Gilbert; to develop a sampling strategy for studying microbial and viral communities in a new hospital during the final months of construction and initial phase of operation.
995,670.0032011Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/6906-- Grant investigator: Lars Hansen; to construct and calibrate models for analyzing how the financial sector and its regulation can influence the macroeconomy.
141,450.00162011Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7816-- Grant investigator: Jack Gilbert; to fund a pilot project to examine the microbiome associated with surfaces in the home.
1,094,203.0012010Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7821-- Grant investigator: Folker Meyer; to provide tools and a data archive for analyzing sequence data of microbial communities in the indoor environment.
35,186.00232010Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7829-- Grant investigator: Folker Meyer; to support a two-day workshop on data visualization, imaging, and repositories for the Indoor Environment Program.