Sloan Foundation donations made to University of Maryland, College Park

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 2023. 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 UnivofMaryland
Twitter usernameUofMaryland
Wikipedia page,_College_Park
Instagram usernameunivofmaryland

Full donee page for donee University of Maryland, College Park

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 9 50,000 351,189 19,858 19,858 20,000 43,000 46,500 50,000 323,115 465,272 499,637 1,693,316 1,693,316
Digital Technology 2 19,858 34,929 19,858 19,858 19,858 19,858 19,858 19,858 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
Economics 4 323,115 625,426 20,000 20,000 20,000 323,115 323,115 323,115 465,272 465,272 1,693,316 1,693,316 1,693,316
Public Understanding 2 43,000 44,750 43,000 43,000 43,000 43,000 43,000 43,000 46,500 46,500 46,500 46,500 46,500
Working Longer 1 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637 499,637

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 2014 2011 2010 2009
Economics (filter this donor) 4 2,501,703.00 0.00 0.00 1,693,316.00 0.00 465,272.00 20,000.00 323,115.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 1 499,637.00 499,637.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 2 89,500.00 0.00 89,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 2 69,858.00 0.00 0.00 50,000.00 19,858.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 9 3,160,698.00 499,637.00 89,500.00 1,743,316.00 19,858.00 465,272.00 20,000.00 323,115.00

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 (9 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 9)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
499,637.0022018Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Katharine Abraham; to inform the design of questions to learn about alternative work arrangements among the population age 50 plus and provide new evidence on the role of these arrangements in older adults’ work lives.
46,500.0062017Public Understanding/Books Grant investigator: Jason Farman; support for Jason Farman’s Waiting for Word: How Message Delays Have Shaped History, Love, Technology, and Everything We Know, a book about technologies of communication, to be published by Yale University Press in late 2018/early 2019.
43,000.0072017Public Understanding/Books Grant investigator: Jeffrey Bub; to support the research and writing of a graphic non-fiction book on space-time, relativity, and gravity to be published by Princeton University Press.
1,693,316.0012016Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: John Haltiwanger; initiative: Empirical Economic Research Enablers (EERE); to demonstrate how to estimate standard economic indicators using administrative data about business transactions.
50,000.0052016Digital Technology/Scholarly Communication Grant investigator: Philip Cohen; to support development and outreach activities of the SocArXiv preprint server.
19,858.0092014Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Neil Fraistat; to partially support a meeting to share best practices and opportunities in scholarly crowdsourcing across the sciences and humanities.
465,272.0032011Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: Benjamin Bederson; to compile, study, and openly distribute a nationally standardized database of government health inspectors' restaurant ratings.
20,000.0082010Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: Clifford Rossi; to hold a workshop on "Frameworks for Systemic Risk Monitoring".
323,115.0042009Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performance Grant investigator: Carmen Reinhart; to create and launch an International Financial Crisis Database that provides open access information about many countries, many centuries, and many variables.