Sloan Foundation donations made to WNET

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.

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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

We do not have any donee information for the donee WNET in our system.

Full donee page for donee WNET

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 6 100,000 448,333 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 100,000 100,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Public Understanding 5 750,000 529,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 100,000 100,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Working Longer 1 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000

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 2015 2014 2013 2011
Public Understanding (filter this donor) 5 2,645,000.00 750,000.00 750,000.00 100,000.00 1,000,000.00 45,000.00 0.00
Working Longer (filter this donor) 1 45,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 45,000.00
Total 6 2,690,000.00 750,000.00 750,000.00 100,000.00 1,000,000.00 45,000.00 45,000.00

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 (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
750,000.0022018Public Understanding/Television Grant investigator: Stephen Segaller; to support a three-part television series broadcast and accompanying outreach on the engineering and technology of LaGuardia Airport, with a focus on the current new terminal project.
750,000.0022017Public Understanding/Television Grant investigator: David Horn; to support a two-hour public television broadcast of a multimedia live stage play about Albert Einstein’s journey to the general theory of relativity.
100,000.0042015Public Understanding/Television Grant investigator: Alexander Heffner; to  produce at least three annual Sloan-related science, technology, and economics themed episodes of The Open Mind for two years and to support enhanced outreach and promotion for the show to a national PBS audience.
1,000,000.0012014Public Understanding/Television Grant investigator: Charlie Rose; to produce ten hour-long episodes on "Brain Science and Society" co-hosted by Charlie Rose and Eric Kandel, to be broadcast on PBS and Bloomberg and made available online.
45,000.0052013Public Understanding/Television Grant investigator: Alexander Heffner; as support for the broadcast of three public television programs to enhance public understanding of science and technology on Richard Heffner's Open Mind.
45,000.0052011Working Longer/ Grant investigator: Richard Heffner; to produce and broadcast three 30-minute Open Mind interviews on aging and work.