Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Legal and judicial development)

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 December 2019. 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/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

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 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Legal and judicial development (filter this donor) 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00
Total 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00

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Donation amounts by subcause area and year

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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Legal and judicial development 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00
Classified total 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
The World Justice Project (filter this donor) 11,150,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,000,000.00 0.00 4,000,000.00 750,000.00 0.00
International Development Law Organization (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 8,539,404.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 3,939,404.00 3,000,000.00
Loyola University of Chicago (filter this donor) 3,250,544.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,050,000.00 0.00 700,000.00 0.00 1,100,544.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Center for Not for Profit Law (filter this donor) 2,800,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 800,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 0.00 400,000.00 600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education (filter this donor) 1,750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,750,000.00
Global Rights (filter this donor) WP Site 1,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00 0.00
Karamah: A Muslim Women Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (filter this donor) 1,421,600.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,421,600.00 0.00 0.00
Legal Foundation of Washington (filter this donor) 400,000.00 400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
New York University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 132,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 132,000.00 0.00 0.00
Social Justice Fund Northwest (filter this donor) 5,000.00 2,500.00 2,500.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 800,000.00 1,050,000.00 400,000.00 700,000.00 7,600,000.00 1,700,544.00 5,553,600.00 6,289,404.00 4,750,000.00

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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 2008
Nigeria|Afghanistan|Burundi|Algeria|Morocco|Tunisia 1 1 1,600,000.00 0.00 0.00 1,600,000.00
United states of america (the) 3 2 405,000.00 402,500.00 2,500.00 0.00
Classified total 4 3 2,005,000.00 402,500.00 2,500.00 1,600,000.00
Unclassified total 22 7 29,043,548.00 1,800,000.00 0.00 4,689,404.00
Total 26 10 31,048,548.00 2,202,500.00 2,500.00 6,289,404.00

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (26 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
International Center for Not for Profit Law600,000.002017-12-06Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. General Operating Support (Supportive Policy). Investment start date: 12/6/2017 to end date: 12/31/2020. Grantee name: International Center for Not for Profit Law Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Social Justice Fund Northwest2,500.002017-07-27Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for operational support. 2017 SJF Seattle Dinner Gala. Investment start date: 7/27/2017 to end date: 8/31/2017. Grantee name: Social Justice Fund Northwest; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
Legal Foundation of Washington400,000.002017-04-27Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/27/2017 to end date: 4/20/2022. Grantee name: Legal Foundation of Washington; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
Loyola University of Chicago400,000.002017-04-27Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/27/2017 to end date: 4/30/2021. Grantee name: Loyola University of Chicago; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
International Development Law Organization400,000.002017-04-18Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/18/2017 to end date: 4/30/2021. Grantee name: International Development Law Organization; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The World Justice Project400,000.002017-04-18Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/18/2017 to end date: 4/30/2021. Grantee name: The World Justice Project; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Social Justice Fund Northwest2,500.002016-09-21Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. 2016 Celebrating Game Changers: A Social Justice Fund Celebration. Investment start date: 9/21/2016 to end date: 10/21/2016. Grantee name: Social Justice Fund Northwest; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
International Center for Not for Profit Law800,000.002015-12-16Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to inform laws and policies affecting cross-border philanthropy, help philanthropic and charitable organizations navigate the legal and policy framework for philanthropy; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Loyola University of Chicago1,050,000.002014-03-31Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a master's program in rule of law for development. Masters of Law Program in the Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW). Investment start date: 6/29/2010 to end date: 12/30/2017. Grantee name: Loyola University of Chicago; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Asia|South America|Africa.
International Center for Not for Profit Law400,000.002013-10-28Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 11/16/2010 to end date: 12/31/2015. Grantee name: International Center for Not for Profit Law Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Loyola University of Chicago700,000.002012-07-03Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a master's program in rule of law for development. Masters of Law Program in the Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW). Investment start date: 6/29/2010 to end date: 12/30/2017. Grantee name: Loyola University of Chicago; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Asia|South America|Africa.
International Center for Not for Profit Law400,000.002011-10-13Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 11/16/2010 to end date: 12/31/2015. Grantee name: International Center for Not for Profit Law Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
International Development Law Organization1,200,000.002011-09-28Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support establishment of a stakeholders relations function to strengthen fundraising and communications activities; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The World Justice Project6,000,000.002011-08-04Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support to aid in capacity building efforts. Strengthening the Rule of Law. Investment start date: 8/4/2011 to end date: 5/31/2016. Grantee name: The World Justice Project; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
International Center for Not for Profit Law200,000.002010-11-16Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 11/16/2010 to end date: 12/31/2015. Grantee name: International Center for Not for Profit Law Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Loyola University of Chicago1,100,544.002010-06-30Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a master's program in rule of law for development. Masters of Law Program in the Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW). Investment start date: 6/29/2010 to end date: 12/30/2017. Grantee name: Loyola University of Chicago; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Asia|South America|Africa.
International Center for Not for Profit Law400,000.002010-05-07Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a comprehensive, accessible online legal resource center. ICNL Legal Resource Initiative. Investment start date: 5/7/2010 to end date: 10/31/2013. Grantee name: International Center for Not for Profit Law Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
New York University132,000.002009-11-19Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support New York University's leadership role in the Global Administrative Law Network; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The World Justice Project3,500,000.002009-10-20Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the World Justice Project. Strengthening the Rule of Law: Phase Two. Investment start date: 10/20/2009 to end date: 7/31/2011. Grantee name: The World Justice Project; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The World Justice Project500,000.002009-06-29Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the World Justice Project. Support for the ABA FJE's World Justice Project, Phase 1. Investment start date: 6/29/2009 to end date: 1/31/2010. Grantee name: The World Justice Project; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Karamah: A Muslim Women Lawyers Committee for Human Rights1,421,600.002009-01-05Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the expansion of programs in Islamic jurisprudence, law and leadership, and family law; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The World Justice Project750,000.002008-12-15Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to strengthen the rule of law worldwide. World Justice Project - Opportunity Fund and Strategic Development Study. Investment start date: 9/1/2009 to end date: 12/31/2010. Grantee name: The World Justice Project; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Global Rights1,600,000.002008-12-11Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to promote the rule of law and increase access to justice for poor and marginalized populations in the developing world; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: Nigeria|Afghanistan|Burundi|Algeria|Morocco|Tunisia.
International Development Law Organization3,939,404.002008-01-13Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the legal empowerment of the poor in developing countries through a program of research and publications; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
International Development Law Organization3,000,000.002007-06-04Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to strengthen the rule of law and good governance in developing countries. Poverty Reduction through Enhanced Rule of Law and Good Governance (IDLO). Investment start date: 5/14/2007 to end date: 5/14/2010. Grantee name: International Development Law Orga; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO). Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education1,750,000.002007-02-09Legal and judicial developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to raise awareness of and adherence to the rule of law through the World Justice Forum, Rule of Law Study, and Rule of Law Index; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.

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