Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made (filtered to cause areas matching Population)

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

Donor donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 26 611,554 2,504,750 -611,554 -20,730 100,702 134,723 270,126 611,554 1,097,470 1,400,000 2,282,762 8,000,347 30,000,000
Population 24 500,000 1,405,146 -611,554 -20,730 -1,390 134,723 200,000 500,000 750,000 1,199,784 2,282,762 3,090,413 10,019,132
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

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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Population (filter this donor) 24 13 33,723,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 -1,390.02 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90
Personnel development for population and reproductive health (filter this donor) 2 1 31,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 26 14 65,123,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 1,398,609.98 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 30,611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90

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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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Population/Population policy and administrative management 24 13 33,723,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 -1,390.02 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90
Personnel development for population and reproductive health 2 1 31,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 26 14 65,123,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 1,398,609.98 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 30,611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90
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 0.00
Total 26 14 65,123,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 1,398,609.98 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 30,611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
CARE (filter this donor) Tw WP Site 31,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 30,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Washington (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 10,629,295.98 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -1,390.02 0.00 0.00 611,554.00 0.00 10,019,132.00 0.00
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE) (filter this donor) 8,000,347.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,000,347.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Columbia University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 5,090,898.37 3,790,412.00 1,300,486.37 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
University of Southampton (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 3,688,616.00 1,097,470.00 0.00 270,126.00 2,321,020.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Flowminder Foundation (filter this donor) Site 2,282,762.25 0.00 2,282,762.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family Health International (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,485,772.50 0.00 0.00 -30,125.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,515,898.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
United Nations Population Fund (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,348,628.00 0.00 1,348,628.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Population Association of America (filter this donor) 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 0.00
World Affairs Council (filter this donor) WP Site 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies (filter this donor) 149,954.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 149,954.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
African Population and Health Research Center (filter this donor) 134,722.50 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 134,722.50
Harvard University (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site -537,503.85 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -20,729.81 0.00 -611,554.44 0.00 94,780.40
Total -- -- 65,123,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 240,000.50 2,470,974.00 8,750,347.00 1,398,609.98 200,000.00 1,495,168.19 30,611,554.00 -611,554.44 10,519,132.00 229,502.90

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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 2018 2017 2015 2013 2010
India 2 1 31,400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,400,000.00 30,000,000.00
Congo (the democratic republic of the)|Ethiopia|Nigeria|Tanzania, united republic of|Zambia|Uganda 2 1 4,290,197.00 3,090,413.00 1,199,784.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Korea (the republic of) 1 1 149,954.00 0.00 0.00 149,954.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 5 3 35,840,151.00 3,090,413.00 1,199,784.00 149,954.00 1,400,000.00 30,000,000.00
Unclassified total 21 12 29,283,341.75 1,797,469.00 3,732,092.62 2,321,020.00 -1,390.02 611,554.00
Total 26 14 65,123,492.75 4,887,882.00 4,931,876.62 2,470,974.00 1,398,609.98 30,611,554.00

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Full list of documents in reverse chronological order (2 documents)

Title (URL linked)Publication dateAuthorPublisherAffected donorsAffected doneesDocument scopeCause areaNotes
Giving in the Light of Reason2018-05-17Marc Gunther Stanford Social Innovation ReviewOpen 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 strategyCriminal justice reform|Animal welfare|Scientific researchAn 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 Can2017-10-20David Gelles The New York TimesChan Zuckerberg Initiative Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Open Society Foundations Bloomberg Philanthropies Ford Foundation Miscellaneous commentaryArticle covers several “new megadonors” including Soros, Gates, and Zuckerberg, and compares them to the older generation of “big philanthropy” (Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford).

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

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 26)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Columbia University699,999.00132018-12-04Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to establish an international data collaborative for high quality, openly accessible georeferenced population, human settlement, and infrastructure data to support sustainable development applications; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Columbia University3,090,413.0042018-11-21Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to ensure that the Geospatial Reference Information Database succeeds at producing geospatial reference data that enhance the power of all development data applications in priority countries, and at building capacity to manage, curate, sustain and use suc; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Congo (the democratic republic of the)|Ethiopia|Nigeria|Tanzania, united republic of|Zambia|Uganda.
University of Southampton1,097,470.00112018-11-15Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to construct consistent and comparable global maps of population distributions and demographics for the 1990-2020 period that will be made freely available to the global community; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
United Nations Population Fund1,348,628.0092017-11-28Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to strengthen governments in the production and use of census data to advance their development; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
Columbia University1,199,784.00102017-11-16Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to ensure that the Geospatial Reference Information Database succeeds at producing geospatial reference data that enhance the power of all development data applications in priority countries, and at building capacity to manage, curate, sustain and use suc; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Congo (the democratic republic of the)|Ethiopia|Nigeria|Tanzania, united republic of|Zambia|Uganda.
Flowminder Foundation2,282,762.2562017-10-08Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to produce open access and high resolution data on population distributions across five priority countries, and other geospatial reference data layers, and develop capacity to use and update these datasets within national statistical offices; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Columbia University100,702.37212017-09-01Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to establish an international data collaborative for high quality, openly accessible georeferenced population, human settlement, and infrastructure data to support sustainable development applications; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Family Health International-30,125.50252016-12-20Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to effectively manage, scale up, monitor and evaluate HIV prevention, care and treatment interventions of local and national institutions in South Africa; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
University of Southampton270,126.00162016-10-12Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to construct consistent and comparable global maps of population distributions and demographics for the 1990-2020 period that will be made freely available to the global community; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
University of Southampton2,321,020.0052015-11-19Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to construct consistent and comparable global maps of population distributions and demographics for the 1990-2020 period that will be made freely available to the global community; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies149,954.00182015-04-06Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the effort to sustain and increase engagement on global health and development issues by Korea; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Korea (the republic of).
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development750,000.00122014-09-16Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to accelerate the demographic transition in the Sahel Region. Technical assistance support to WB Demographic Transition Regional Sahel Project. Investment start date: 9/16/2014 to end date: 3/11/2015. Grantee name: International Bank for Reconstruction an; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE)8,000,347.0032014-05-14Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support and promote the production and use of evidence from rigorous impact evaluations for policy decisions that improve social and economic development programs in low- and middle-income countries; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
CARE1,400,000.0082013-11-14Personnel development for population and reproductive healthhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and adopt effective approaches to scaling up coverage of essential family health interventions within the National Rural Health Mission in India; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
University of Washington-1,390.02222013-10-03Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop valid population health metrics for managing interventions. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Project (IHME). Investment start date: 7/1/2008 to end date: 12/31/2012. Grantee name: University of Washington; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
World Affairs Council200,000.00172012-10-12Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 10/12/2012 to end date: 8/31/2014. Grantee name: World Affairs Council; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Family Health International1,515,898.0072011-11-14Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to effectively manage, scale up, monitor and evaluate HIV prevention, care and treatment interventions of local and national institutions in South Africa; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
Harvard University-20,729.81242011-09-23Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop valid population health metrics for managing interventions. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Project (IHME). Investment start date: 7/1/2005 to end date: 6/30/2008. Grantee name: Harvard University; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
CARE30,000,000.0012010-11-15Personnel development for population and reproductive healthhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and adopt effective approaches to scaling up coverage of essential family health interventions within the National Rural Health Mission in India; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
University of Washington611,554.00142010-05-23Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop valid population health metrics for managing interventions. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Project (IHME). Investment start date: 7/1/2008 to end date: 12/31/2012. Grantee name: University of Washington; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Harvard University-611,554.44262009-09-24Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop valid population health metrics for managing interventions. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Project (IHME). Investment start date: 7/1/2005 to end date: 6/30/2008. Grantee name: Harvard University; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
University of Washington10,019,132.0022008-11-20Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop valid population health metrics for managing interventions. Population Health Metrics Research Consortium Project (IHME). Investment start date: 7/1/2008 to end date: 12/31/2012. Grantee name: University of Washington; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Population Association of America500,000.00152008-09-13Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support. PAA: Expanding Impact on Global Health. Investment start date: 7/28/2008 to end date: 7/28/2013. Grantee name: Population Association of America; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
African Population and Health Research Center134,722.50192007-10-08Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to review the state of knowledge in population and health issues as well as other population conditions affecting the African continent in view of adopting a common strategic approach; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
Harvard University106,840.00202007-03-29Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to convene an international conference in Washington DC focused on population health metrics; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Harvard University-12,059.60232007-01-08Population/Population policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to convene an international conference in Washington DC focused on population health metrics; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.

Similarity to other donors

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