Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Business support services and institutions)

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Basic donor information

ItemValue
Country United States
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
Best overview URLhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation
Facebook username gatesfoundation
LinkedIn username bill-&-melinda-gates-foundation
Websitehttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/
Donations URLhttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database
Twitter usernamegatesfoundation
Page on philosophy informing donationshttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do
Grant application process pagehttps://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grantseeker-FAQ
Regularity with which donor updates donations datacontinuous updates
Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)irregular
Lag with which donor updates donations datamonths
Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)years
Data entry method on Donations List WebsiteSQL insertion commands generated by script https://github.com/riceissa/gates-foundation-iati-processing

Brief history: The Gates Foundation launched in 2000, with precursors starting in the 1990s, financed by the personal wealth of co-founder Bill Gates from Microsoft. Starting 2005, it scaled up its giving significantly after a large funding commitment from Warren Buffett

Brief notes on broad donor philosophy and major focus areas: See https://www.gatesfoundation.org/Who-We-Are/General-Information/Foundation-Factsheet for the grantmaking areas. The four grantmaking areas are the Global Development Program, Global Health Program, Global Policy and Advocacy, and United States Program. Within the United States Program the focus is on K-12 education, the Internet, and emergency relief

Notes on grant publication logistics: Although the Gates Foundation has a grants database on its website, as well as individual grant pages for every grant, we use the IATI data instead, because it can be processed programmatically (the data on the site does not allow for full data download or easy programmatic processing). This leads to a few problems: first, IATI data does not include grants made in the United States, since it focuses on development assistance (DA) spending. Second, IATI data is updated more infrequently. Third, it may sometimes omit some information that is present in the grants database

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 12793 471,399 2,932,400 -375,000,000 1,600 65,071 100,000 225,121 471,399 801,993 1,433,058 2,589,513 5,121,240 1,550,000,000
Sectors not specified 107 10,000 43,001,508 -375,000,000 750 1,800 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 80,000 312,790 10,000,000 1,550,000,000
Global health 7194 459,757 2,940,422 -27,464,784 -51 89,011 100,000 200,000 459,757 861,408 1,495,650 2,750,000 5,881,540 350,000,000
Nutrition 533 649,750 2,133,077 -16,000,000 49,500 100,000 200,000 384,918 649,750 878,454 1,499,989 2,057,440 3,999,953 120,485,736
Sanitation 524 377,644 1,126,152 -8,491,867 5,650 79,005 100,000 241,991 377,644 617,642 1,084,183 1,657,655 2,999,920 17,357,000
Agriculture 1111 743,505 3,470,093 -8,420,966 10,000 100,000 195,527 450,000 743,505 1,391,030 2,422,200 4,529,792 9,749,999 164,580,000
Urban development and management 77 1,442,105 2,217,214 -8,189,964 -482,332 -35,908 250,239 575,064 1,442,105 1,999,429 3,000,000 4,499,972 5,178,706 20,000,000
Financing 232 672,917 3,303,490 -6,883,182 -18,981 100,000 100,000 270,175 672,917 1,757,001 3,499,955 5,361,516 9,595,742 81,118,128
Financial policy and administrative management 177 750,000 2,181,922 -6,320,836 0 100,000 240,097 500,000 750,000 1,283,762 1,625,000 3,000,000 5,000,000 34,995,552
Education 216 100,000 1,182,113 -4,373,000 2,000 5,000 10,000 16,537 100,000 250,000 500,000 1,400,000 3,000,000 21,446,752
Scientific research 91 522,492 2,170,720 -4,357,448 -449 50,000 150,000 299,938 522,492 1,050,000 1,999,201 3,538,747 4,999,967 35,200,000
Global development 363 500,000 2,805,029 -4,113,457 25,000 120,000 250,000 399,982 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,750,000 3,811,741 164,360,000
Family planning 462 997,321 2,815,185 -3,408,739 100,000 100,000 250,000 525,000 997,321 1,500,000 2,750,000 4,000,000 6,655,043 50,000,000
Animal agriculture 141 565,882 3,006,483 -1,802,000 -65 25,000 50,000 125,429 565,882 837,704 1,408,561 3,090,266 8,468,105 42,850,000
Communications policy and administrative management 44 114,168 576,765 -1,630,410 500 6,000 69,000 100,000 114,168 250,000 797,444 1,500,000 2,000,000 3,193,748
Information and communication technology (ICT) 194 471,399 1,255,726 -1,256,452 7,440 50,000 130,000 228,266 471,399 580,327 990,195 1,396,636 2,653,790 14,999,110
Culture and recreation 196 275,000 1,123,533 -1,256,452 4,895 10,000 40,000 125,000 275,000 500,000 750,000 1,250,000 2,452,230 14,999,110
Multisector aid 233 339,999 1,323,370 -1,250,000 5,000 50,000 100,000 199,988 339,999 500,000 750,000 1,301,945 3,000,000 22,019,950
Material relief assistance and services 125 500,000 523,489 -693,115 165,000 266,640 350,000 400,000 500,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 950,000 2,499,145
Population 20 200,000 1,416,781 -611,554 -30,126 -12,060 100,702 134,723 200,000 611,554 1,199,784 1,515,898 2,321,020 10,019,132
Water 78 788,452 2,909,157 -498,135 5,000 51,198 240,000 408,532 788,452 1,449,495 2,734,865 4,381,327 9,840,056 25,487,000
Gender equality 94 750,000 1,572,187 -422,610 5,000 16,500 287,500 513,675 750,000 1,000,296 1,832,169 2,584,528 3,999,838 15,000,000
Food crop production 35 1,000,000 1,793,012 -360,000 24,615 99,995 125,000 375,760 1,000,000 1,490,554 2,148,875 2,850,000 4,018,605 14,399,187
Public policy 19 400,000 696,908 -357,537 1,500 1,500 28,500 200,000 400,000 500,000 900,000 1,499,943 1,927,059 3,600,884
Social services 226 5,000 304,580 -164,525 500 2,500 2,500 5,000 5,000 10,000 13,333 25,000 300,000 10,000,000
Waste management 52 60,000 146,370 -105,470 -449 3,105 20,000 30,000 60,000 100,000 100,000 124,860 398,850 2,184,655
Disaster prevention and preparedness 29 600,000 1,012,167 -73,020 -5,824 134,496 300,000 401,047 600,000 816,556 1,499,441 1,995,269 2,536,512 3,500,000
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation 20 350,000 1,016,486 -73,020 -16,606 133,320 200,000 272,000 350,000 500,000 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 10,025,875
Radio 30 300,000 494,419 -67,508 5,310 100,000 100,000 190,000 300,000 350,000 500,000 856,888 1,434,258 1,818,421
Relief co-ordination; protection and support services 35 291,678 716,128 -53,756 5,000 30,693 170,000 250,000 291,678 350,000 600,000 800,000 2,479,514 5,000,000
Food aid 55 250,000 1,002,062 -52,175 5,000 80,000 140,000 175,000 250,000 296,723 499,853 550,683 1,000,000 33,065,600
Telecommunications 2 -192 49,904 -192 -192 -192 -192 -192 -192 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Democratic participation and civil society 4 2,500 5,625 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 15,000 15,000 15,000
Human rights 5 3,333 7,667 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 3,333 3,333 5,000 5,000 25,000 25,000
Legal and judicial development 26 600,000 1,194,175 2,500 132,000 400,000 400,000 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,200,000 1,600,000 3,500,000 6,000,000
Recreation and sport 16 10,000 34,219 2,500 5,000 5,000 5,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 15,000 100,000 250,000
Business support services and institutions 10 480,000 1,112,434 150,000 150,000 325,000 329,890 400,657 480,000 587,610 650,000 1,500,000 3,000,000 3,701,180
Domestic revenue mobilisation 2 186,828 453,700 186,828 186,828 186,828 186,828 186,828 186,828 720,572 720,572 720,572 720,572 720,572
Media and free flow of information 1 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708 208,708
Conflict resolution 1 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000
Statistical capacity building 6 1,348,628 1,610,609 1,124,346 1,124,346 1,193,929 1,193,929 1,348,628 1,348,628 1,496,615 1,499,990 1,499,990 3,000,148 3,000,148
Environmental policy and administrative management 2 1,302,790 1,994,170 1,302,790 1,302,790 1,302,790 1,302,790 1,302,790 1,302,790 2,685,550 2,685,550 2,685,550 2,685,550 2,685,550
Rural development 2 1,386,791 1,432,297 1,386,791 1,386,791 1,386,791 1,386,791 1,386,791 1,386,791 1,477,803 1,477,803 1,477,803 1,477,803 1,477,803
Personnel development for population and reproductive health 2 1,400,000 15,700,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000 30,000,000 30,000,000 30,000,000 30,000,000 30,000,000
Security system management and reform 1 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 2,500,000 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 Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
Business support services and institutions (filter this donor) 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00
Total 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Subcause area Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
Business support services and institutions 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00
Classified total 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2012
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (filter this donor) 4,101,837.00 400,657.00 0.00 3,701,180.00 0.00 0.00
United Nations Capital Development Fund (filter this donor) WP 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,000,000.00
International Telecommunication Union (filter this donor) WP Site 2,150,000.00 0.00 0.00 650,000.00 1,500,000.00 0.00
China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (filter this donor) 630,000.00 0.00 480,000.00 150,000.00 0.00 0.00
Endeavor Global (filter this donor) 587,610.00 0.00 587,610.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Village Capital (filter this donor) 329,890.00 0.00 329,890.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Initiative for Global Development (filter this donor) 325,000.00 325,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00 1,500,000.00 3,000,000.00

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Donation amounts by influencer and year

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Donation amounts by disclosures and year

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Donation amounts by country and year

If you hover over a cell for a given country and year, you will get a tooltip with the number of donees and the number of donations.

For the meaning of “classified” and “unclassified”, see the page clarifying this.

Country Number of donations Number of donees Total 2017 2016 2015
United states of america (the) 2 1 4,101,837.00 400,657.00 0.00 3,701,180.00
China 2 1 630,000.00 0.00 480,000.00 150,000.00
India 1 1 329,890.00 0.00 329,890.00 0.00
Classified total 5 3 5,061,727.00 400,657.00 809,890.00 3,851,180.00
Unclassified total 5 4 6,062,610.00 325,000.00 587,610.00 650,000.00
Total 10 7 11,124,337.00 725,657.00 1,397,500.00 4,501,180.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (10 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12793)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Initiative for Global Development325,000.0057642017-04-18Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/18/2017 to end date: 4/30/2021. Grantee name: Initiative for Global Development; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Africa.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation400,657.0061572017-02-28Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support Common Core implementation. Leveraging State and Local Chambers of Commerce in Support of the Common Core. Investment start date: 3/6/2015 to end date: 6/30/2017. Grantee name: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products480,000.0064332016-11-14Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to promote increased commodities exchange, investments and technology transfer which improves the accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare products in Africa and eventually benefit Africa’s population; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa; affected countries: China.
Endeavor Global587,610.0069992016-08-11Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop insights for catalyzing entrepreneurship ecosystems that support companies within the FinTech and IT sectors, which will benefit members of impoverished communities and increase access to finance and digital inclusion as companies grow; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
Village Capital329,890.0057882016-08-09Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to establish a clear set of strategies enabling stakeholders in the Indian and Sub-Saharan African communities to effectively leverage their resources to catalyze growth for financial inclusion innovations that will help the unserved and underserved popul; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: India.
International Telecommunication Union650,000.0072032015-11-24Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop standards that can be implemented to foster the digital financial services ecosystem and allow market participants to provide affordable and innovative financial products and services to the poor; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products150,000.0045632015-11-09Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to promote increased commodities exchange, investments and technology transfer which improves the accessibility, affordability and quality of healthcare products in Africa and eventually benefit Africa’s population; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa; affected countries: China.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation3,701,180.00108782015-03-06Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support Common Core implementation. Leveraging State and Local Chambers of Commerce in Support of the Common Core. Investment start date: 3/6/2015 to end date: 6/30/2017. Grantee name: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
International Telecommunication Union1,500,000.0091472014-11-05Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop standards that can be implemented to foster the digital financial services ecosystem and allow market participants to provide affordable and innovative financial products and services to the poor; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
United Nations Capital Development Fund3,000,000.00105392012-09-13Business support services and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to raise awareness and advocate for governments, international organizations and private sector businesses who make large cash payments to move to digital payments; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.

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