Sloan Foundation donations made to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State 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 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
Facebook page virginiatech
Websitehttp://www.vt.edu/
Twitter usernamevirginia_tech
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Tech
Instagram usernamevirginia.tech

Full donee page for donee Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State 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 7 250,000 196,739 70,000 70,000 120,000 125,000 125,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 312,170 312,170
Higher Education 1 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
Science 5 250,000 236,434 120,000 120,000 120,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000 312,170 312,170
Economics 1 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000

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 2016 2014 2013 2012
Science (filter this donor) 5 1,182,170.00 312,170.00 250,000.00 250,000.00 120,000.00 250,000.00
Economics (filter this donor) 1 125,000.00 125,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Higher Education (filter this donor) 1 70,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 70,000.00 0.00
Total 7 1,377,170.00 437,170.00 250,000.00 250,000.00 190,000.00 250,000.00

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 (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
125,000.0052018Economics/Economic Institutions, Behavior, & Performancehttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8524-- Grant investigator: Sallie Keller; to conduct technical research on improving the accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the 2030 Decennial Census and the American Community Survey.
312,170.0012018Science/Chemistry of Indoor Environmentshttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8579-- Grant investigator: Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz; to develop and test a field-deployable gas chromatograph coupled to a chemical ionization mass spectrometer, GC- CIMS, to identify isomers.
250,000.0022016Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7733-- Grant investigator: Amy Pruden; to examine how warm ambient water temperatures and recycled water influence the building plumbing microbiome.
250,000.0022014Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7767-- Grant investigator: Amy Pruden; to develop new knowledge about how design, operational parameters, and engineering interventions shape the building plumbing microbiome in conventional and green buildings.
70,000.0072013Higher Education/Science of Learning STEMhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7538-- Grant investigator: Bevlee Watford; to determine whether participation in targeted programming can encourage development of innovative thinking skills and if in doing so, facilitate retention to degree among engineering undergraduates.
120,000.0062013Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7795-- Grant investigator: Aaron Prussin; to characterize the bacterial and viral microbiome of the air and surfaces in a daycare setting.
250,000.0022012Science/Microbiology of the Built Environmenthttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7802-- Grant investigator: Amy Pruden; to determine the effects of pipe materials, water flow, and chemistry on the building plumbing microbiome.