Sloan Foundation donations made to WGBH Educational Foundation

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

We do not have any donee information for the donee WGBH Educational Foundation in our system.

Full donee page for donee WGBH Educational Foundation

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 14 1,500,000 1,521,429 100,000 600,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,700,000 2,000,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000
Public Understanding 14 1,500,000 1,521,429 100,000 600,000 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,500,000 1,700,000 2,000,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000

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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 14 21,300,000.00 2,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,500,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,500,000.00 2,500,000.00 3,800,000.00 1,800,000.00 2,500,000.00 1,700,000.00
Total 14 21,300,000.00 2,000,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,500,000.00 1,000,000.00 2,500,000.00 2,500,000.00 3,800,000.00 1,800,000.00 2,500,000.00 1,700,000.00

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 (14 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 14)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,000,000.0052017Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8125-- Grant investigator: Mark Samels; to support the production of four prime time American Experience documentary films about the role of science and technology in history.
1,000,000.0092016Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/8126-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; for a two-hour NOVA special, Beyond the Elements, that investigates the substances composed of the elements in the periodic table and accompanying educational outreach and marketing.
2,500,000.0012015Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7363-- Grant investigator: Mark Samels; to produce and broadcast four new documentaries on the role of science and technology in history on PBS's The American Experience.
1,000,000.0092014Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7368-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; for a two-hour NOVA special about black holes hosted by astrophysicist Janna Levin, and ancillary outreach activities and a free mobile app.
2,500,000.0012013Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7372-- Grant investigator: Mark Samels; to research and produce four primetime films on PBS’s American Experience on the role of science, technology, and engineering in history with an engineering iPhone app, interactive website, and ancillary outreach activities.
1,500,000.0082012Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7258-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; for co-production of a feature-length dramatic film on Lise Meitner for worldwide theatrical release and for prime time television broadcast as a two-hour special on NOVA.
1,000,000.0092012Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7379-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; for production and broadcast of a three-hour NOVA special on the geological history of North America with enhanced digital content, outreach, education, and promotion.
700,000.00122011Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7382-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; for broadcast of a 2-hour NOVA special on the discovery and the scientific role of the elements in the periodic table with enhanced digital outreach and mobile application.
600,000.00132011Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7373-- Grant investigator: Jon Palfreman; to research, produce, and broadcast a one-hour PBS Frontline documentary about the implications of the Fukushima accident for the future of nuclear power in the U.S.
2,500,000.0012011Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7385-- Grant investigator: Mark Samels; to research and produce four hours of documentaries on the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience with ancillary outreach including two interactive games and marketing campaign.
1,700,000.0062010Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7386-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; to produce 12 scientist profiles for prime time broadcast on Nova ScienceNow, to produce and promote 32 additional scientist profiles for the award-winning "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" website, and to increase the website's audience.
100,000.00142010Public Understanding/Filmhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7283-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; to develop a screenplay about physicist Lise Meitner for a financing package leading to a theatrical feature film and/or a television broadcast.
2,500,000.0012009Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7389-- Grant investigator: Mark Samels; to research and produce four documentaries about the role of science and technology in history for The American Experience.
1,700,000.0062008Public Understanding/Televisionhttps://sloan.org/grant-detail/7393-- Grant investigator: Paula Apsell; support for scientist profiles on NOVA scienceNOW prime time broadcast and on the world wide web.