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

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 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
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

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
Public policy (filter this donor) 19 12 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00
Total 19 12 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00

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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
Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative management 15 8 8,909,250.22 618,185.22 30,000.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00
Public policy/Tax policy and administration support 3 3 4,327,002.00 1,499,943.00 2,827,059.00 0.00 0.00
Public policy/Transport policy and administrative management 1 1 5,000.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 19 12 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00
Unclassified total 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 19 12 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00

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Donation amounts by donee and year

Donee Cause area Metadata Total 2017 2016 2015 2014
University of Manitoba (filter this donor) 3,600,884.00 0.00 0.00 3,600,884.00 0.00
Institute of Development Studies (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 1,927,059.00 0.00 1,927,059.00 0.00 0.00
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (filter this donor) 1,499,943.00 1,499,943.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Ethiopian Development Research Institute (filter this donor) FB Site 1,396,193.00 -357,537.00 0.00 1,753,730.00 0.00
National Foundation for India (filter this donor) Tw Site 1,054,951.00 0.00 0.00 1,054,951.00 0.00
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation (filter this donor) 904,500.00 401,500.00 1,500.00 501,500.00 0.00
TechSoup Global (filter this donor) 900,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 900,000.00
Urban Institute (filter this donor) FB Tw WP Site 900,000.00 0.00 900,000.00 0.00 0.00
eHealth4everyone (filter this donor) 474,222.22 474,222.22 0.00 0.00 0.00
NEO Philanthropy (filter this donor) 328,500.00 100,000.00 28,500.00 200,000.00 0.00
Center for Community Service Fund (filter this donor) 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00
National Association of City Transportation Officials (filter this donor) 5,000.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total -- -- 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00

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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 2014
India 2 2 4,655,835.00 0.00 0.00 4,655,835.00 0.00
United states of america (the) 9 5 2,959,500.00 401,500.00 906,500.00 751,500.00 900,000.00
Ethiopia 2 1 1,396,193.00 -357,537.00 0.00 1,753,730.00 0.00
Nigeria 1 1 474,222.22 474,222.22 0.00 0.00 0.00
Classified total 14 9 9,485,750.22 518,185.22 906,500.00 7,161,065.00 900,000.00
Unclassified total 5 3 3,755,502.00 1,599,943.00 1,955,559.00 200,000.00 0.00
Total 19 12 13,241,252.22 2,118,128.22 2,862,059.00 7,361,065.00 900,000.00

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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 (19 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 19)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH1,499,943.0042017-11-22Public policy/Tax policy and administration supporthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to establish a fund that finances innovative projects of tax administrations and ministries of finance in Africa that increase the functionality and effectiveness of the Domestic Revenue Mobilization system; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
NEO Philanthropy100,000.00132017-08-16Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to document problems grantmakers and nonprofit organizations have with access to financial services, propose solutions and promote an enabling environment for grantmakers and nonprofit organizations in counterterrorism regulatory frameworks; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation1,500.00162017-07-28Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. 7th Annual Chairman's Circle Luncheon. Investment start date: 7/28/2017 to end date: 8/25/2017. Grantee name: William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation400,000.00102017-04-27Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Annual Gift 2017-2021. Investment start date: 4/27/2017 to end date: 4/20/2021. Grantee name: William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
eHealth4everyone474,222.2292017-03-28Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to strengthen the capacity of the Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics (DPRS) for national coordination and consolidation of health information systems.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria.
Ethiopian Development Research Institute-357,537.00192017-01-15Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the quality of health and agriculture policy and to help develop an Ethiopian perspective on Financing for Development by strengthening the analytical capacity of the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU); Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
Institute of Development Studies1,927,059.0022016-10-24Public policy/Tax policy and administration supporthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to increase the generation, availability and use of the evidence base for pro-poor approaches to taxation in sub-Saharan Africa, and ensure policymakers and tax experts have the capacity to analyze and debate how governments raise revenue; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
Urban Institute900,000.0062016-09-23Public policy/Tax policy and administration supporthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support research on nonprofit and key tax policy issues currently facing charitable organizations; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation1,500.00162016-07-28Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. 2016 Chairman's Circle Luncheon. Investment start date: 7/28/2016 to end date: 8/26/2016. Grantee name: William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
NEO Philanthropy28,500.00142016-07-27Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to document problems grantmakers and nonprofit organizations have with access to financial services, propose solutions and promote an enabling environment for grantmakers and nonprofit organizations in counterterrorism regulatory frameworks; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
National Association of City Transportation Officials5,000.00152016-05-18Public policy/Transport policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. 2016 General Operating Support. Investment start date: 5/18/2016 to end date: 6/10/2016. Grantee name: National Association of City Transportation Officials Inc.; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
University of Manitoba3,600,884.0012015-11-27Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Government of Uttar Pradesh to scale up its activities under the State Rural Livelihood Mission; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: India.
Center for Community Service Fund250,000.00112015-11-16Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 11/16/2015 to end date: 8/28/2020. Grantee name: Center for Community Service Fund; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
National Foundation for India1,054,951.0052015-11-09Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), build synergies of SDGs with state policies and programmes, develop a framework for implementing the SDGs, and build political priority toward effective implementation of SDGs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation500,000.0082015-09-30Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide support for an operating endowment. William D. Ruckelshaus Center Endowment for Excellence. Investment start date: 9/30/2015 to end date: 9/30/2020. Grantee name: William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
NEO Philanthropy200,000.00122015-09-30Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to document problems grantmakers and nonprofit organizations have with access to financial services, propose solutions and promote an enabling environment for grantmakers and nonprofit organizations in counterterrorism regulatory frameworks; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
Ethiopian Development Research Institute1,753,730.0032015-06-02Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the quality of health and agriculture policy and to help develop an Ethiopian perspective on Financing for Development by strengthening the analytical capacity of the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU); Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation1,500.00162015-04-30Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. 2015 Chairman's Circle Luncheon. Investment start date: 4/30/2015 to end date: 5/29/2015. Grantee name: William D. Ruckelshaus Center Foundation; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
TechSoup Global900,000.0062014-10-24Public policy/Public sector policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support business and communication planning. TechSoup Global Business Planning and Organizational Capacity Support. Investment start date: 10/24/2014 to end date: 6/30/2016. Grantee name: TechSoup Global; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: United states of america (the).

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