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.
|Best overview URL||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%26_Melinda_Gates_Foundation|
|Page on philosophy informing donations||https://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do|
|Grant application process page||https://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grantseeker-FAQ|
|Regularity with which donor updates donations data||continuous updates|
|Regularity with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||irregular|
|Lag with which donor updates donations data||months|
|Lag with which Donations List Website updates donations data (after donor update)||years|
|Data entry method on Donations List Website||SQL 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
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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||2006|
|Conflict resolution (filter this donor)||2||2||1,600,155.00||800,000.00||800,155.00|
Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)
If you hover over a cell for a given subcause area 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.
|Subcause area||Number of donations||Number of donees||Total||2017||2006|
|Conflict resolution/Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution||2||2||1,600,155.00||800,000.00||800,155.00|
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by subcause area and year (cumulative)
|Catholic Relief Services (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||800,155.00||0.00||800,155.00|
|University of Illinois at Chicago (filter this donor)||FB Tw WP Site||800,000.00||800,000.00||0.00|
Graph of spending by donee and year (incremental, not cumulative)
Graph of spending by donee and year (cumulative)
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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||2006|
|Congo (the democratic republic of the)||1||1||800,155.00||800,155.00|
Skipping spending graph as there is fewer than one year’s worth of donations.
|Title (URL linked)||Publication date||Author||Publisher||Affected donors||Affected donees||Document scope||Cause area||Notes|
|How Philanthropists are Tackling COVID-19||2020-03-18||Abby Schultz||Barron's||Open Philanthropy Project Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Wellcome Trust Mastercard Impact Fund Schmidt Futures||COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Sherlock Biosciences Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design)||Review of current state of cause area||Biosecurity and pandemic preparedness||The article describes how private philanthropy is helping in the fight against COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic caused by it. The role of Open Philanthropy Project in funding Sherlock Biosciences as well as the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in prior years is described. The article also describes the joint financing of the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and Mastercard Impact Fund.|
|Has the Giving Pledge Changed Giving? A proposal unveiled nearly a decade ago was intended to turbocharge philanthropy. There’s little evidence so far it’s doing that.||2019-06-04||Marc Gunther||Chronicle of Philanthropy||Warren Buffett Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Dalio Philanthropies George Lucas and Mellody Hobson Good Ventures Open Philanthropy Project Simons Foundation||Miscellaneous commentary||In a long-form article for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Marc Gunther describes the history of the Giving Pledge, created ten years ago at a meeting including Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, Charles Feeney, George Soros, Eli Broad, and Oprah Winfrey. Gunther writes that the Giving Pledge has failed to increase the overall level of charitable giving in general, and has not inspired much more charitable giving even among the superrich, to whom it was targeted. The article says that fewer than one in six billionaires in the United States have taken the pledge, and moreover, many of those who took the pledge had either already given or already been planning to give large amounts to charity, so the counterfactual impact of the pledge was low. The article includes a table of the current net worth and total donations so far by the wealthiest signatories of the Giving Pledge, as well as profiles of several Giving Pledge signatories.|
|Giving in the Light of Reason||2018-05-17||Marc Gunther||Stanford Social Innovation Review||Open Philanthropy Project Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Future Justice Fund Good Ventures||The Humane League Direct Action Everywhere Target Malaria University of Washington (Institute for Protein Design) Alliance for Safety and Justice The Marshall Project||Third-party coverage of donor strategy||Criminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific research||An in-depth profile of the Open Philanthropy Project and its grantmaking, with a particular focus on discussion of the top grants in animal welfare and scientific research. The organizational history, grantmaking process, and internal culture are also discussed. Referenced in https://nonprofitchronicles.com/2018/05/18/the-most-unorthodox-big-foundation-in-america/ by the same author|
|Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can||2017-10-20||David Gelles||The New York Times||Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Open Society Foundations Bloomberg Philanthropies Ford Foundation||Miscellaneous commentary||Article covers several “new megadonors” including Soros, Gates, and Zuckerberg, and compares them to the older generation of “big philanthropy” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford).|
|Donee||Amount (current USD)||Amount rank (out of 2)||Donation date||Cause area||URL||Influencer||Notes|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||800,000.00||2||Conflict resolution/Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution||https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf||--||to support international violence reduction and public health to save lives and accelerate peace; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.|
|Catholic Relief Services||800,155.00||1||Conflict resolution/Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution||https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf||--||to support reintegration of returning refugees and internally displaced families to their communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Congo (the democratic republic of the).|
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