Sloan Foundation donations made to University of Minnesota

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 UofMN
Twitter usernameumnews
Wikipedia page
Instagram usernameumnpics
Tumblr subdomainumndriven

Full donee page for donee University of Minnesota

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 88,725 158,433 19,500 19,500 19,500 42,500 42,500 88,725 88,725 115,000 115,000 526,438 526,438
Digital Technology 3 88,725 211,554 19,500 19,500 19,500 19,500 88,725 88,725 88,725 526,438 526,438 526,438 526,438
Higher Education 2 42,500 78,750 42,500 42,500 42,500 42,500 42,500 42,500 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000 115,000

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 2014 2012
Digital Technology (filter this donor) 3 634,663.00 526,438.00 0.00 88,725.00 0.00 19,500.00
Higher Education (filter this donor) 2 157,500.00 0.00 42,500.00 0.00 115,000.00 0.00
Total 5 792,163.00 526,438.00 42,500.00 88,725.00 115,000.00 19,500.00

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
526,438.0012018Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Lisa Johnston; to launch and expand a cross-institutional staffing model for curating disciplinary research data.
42,500.0042017Higher Education/Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups Grant investigator: Samuel Myers; to support three panels and associated papers at the National Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission Report that explore the consequences of the 1968 civil disorders with a special focus on the production of minority economists.
88,725.0032016Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Lisa Johnston; to plan a consortial model for data curation resource sharing among academic libraries.
115,000.0022014Higher Education/Education and Professional Advancement for Underrepresented Groups Grant investigator: Thomas Misa; initiative: Professional Advancement of Underrepresented Groups; to document a notable time period in the participation of women and computing through oral histories of middle-rank professional women employed by three major U.S. corporations.
19,500.0052012Digital Technology/Data & Computational Research Grant investigator: Amy Kircher; to support a meeting on citizen science and citizen-generated data.