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

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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 14383 409,370 2,697,582 -375,000,000 -163 50,000 100,000 200,000 409,370 729,041 1,262,872 2,392,951 4,999,496 1,550,000,000
Sectors not specified 118 10,000 39,290,453 -375,000,000 500 1,800 5,000 5,000 10,000 23,000 95,000 450,000 10,000,000 1,550,000,000
Global health 8127 400,000 2,698,844 -27,464,784 -1,737 63,250 100,000 182,478 400,000 750,320 1,342,461 2,506,703 5,029,877 350,000,000
Nutrition 597 532,800 1,933,241 -16,000,000 15,000 100,000 166,995 321,841 532,800 817,426 1,261,642 1,935,657 3,587,592 120,485,736
Sanitation 563 349,123 1,060,322 -8,491,867 -18 50,000 100,000 215,472 349,123 562,699 1,009,786 1,573,073 2,881,365 17,357,000
Agriculture 1248 535,860 3,163,820 -8,420,966 -200 100,000 139,840 330,976 535,860 1,099,709 2,000,000 4,000,000 8,522,236 164,580,000
Urban development and management 82 1,213,117 2,326,505 -8,189,964 -275,573 -33,440 250,239 735,191 1,213,117 1,999,429 3,000,000 4,535,738 5,500,000 20,000,000
Financing 234 454,918 3,230,868 -6,883,182 -75,607 46,000 100,000 150,000 454,918 1,200,000 3,000,008 5,361,516 10,000,000 81,118,128
Financial policy and administrative management 194 656,387 2,023,731 -6,320,836 0 100,000 237,840 400,569 656,387 1,145,000 1,500,000 2,984,885 4,973,464 34,995,552
Education 227 100,000 1,140,343 -4,373,000 1,667 5,000 10,000 17,000 100,000 250,000 500,000 1,340,000 3,000,000 21,446,752
Scientific research 100 432,348 2,002,360 -4,357,448 -1,042 50,000 119,782 200,000 432,348 1,000,000 1,799,960 3,000,000 4,999,631 35,200,000
Global development 406 500,000 2,632,730 -4,113,457 25,000 100,000 250,000 375,000 500,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,702,889 3,750,000 164,360,000
Family planning 520 833,462 2,686,932 -3,408,739 50,000 100,000 202,441 483,585 833,462 1,499,000 2,344,896 3,909,693 6,500,000 50,000,000
Animal agriculture 155 565,430 2,787,296 -1,802,000 -65 25,000 50,000 150,000 565,430 743,692 1,399,811 2,589,513 7,637,490 42,850,000
Communications policy and administrative management 50 200,000 627,403 -1,630,410 500 12,000 80,000 100,000 200,000 579,796 797,444 1,500,000 2,000,000 3,193,748
Disaster prevention and preparedness 35 500,000 864,480 -1,404,131 -5,824 134,496 250,000 393,760 500,000 656,954 1,153,880 1,500,440 2,499,999 3,500,000
Information and communication technology (ICT) 228 438,628 1,154,933 -1,256,452 7,440 45,660 125,000 215,000 438,628 500,000 803,000 1,250,000 2,466,059 14,999,110
Culture and recreation 218 300,000 1,089,954 -1,256,452 4,500 10,000 45,660 130,000 300,000 500,000 750,000 1,172,146 2,392,951 14,999,110
Multisector aid 255 317,921 1,267,768 -1,250,000 5,000 50,000 100,000 196,852 317,921 500,000 750,000 1,275,000 3,000,000 22,019,950
Water 90 695,941 2,602,481 -1,226,221 -4,271 49,302 169,625 363,780 695,941 1,250,000 2,033,807 4,013,783 7,500,000 25,487,000
Material relief assistance and services 169 450,000 484,383 -693,115 133,320 225,000 300,000 400,000 450,000 500,000 530,428 700,000 900,000 2,499,145
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
Women's equality organisations and institutions 99 665,689 1,466,600 -422,610 5,000 31,818 250,000 449,005 665,689 999,070 1,602,326 2,420,642 3,589,227 15,000,000
Food crop production 38 1,000,000 1,739,596 -360,000 24,615 99,995 125,000 542,167 1,000,000 1,490,554 1,995,270 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
Public finance management (PFM) 22 1,132,201 2,223,224 -328,239 23,411 200,142 517,180 588,175 1,132,201 2,498,539 2,999,996 4,000,762 6,700,000 7,438,984
Social Protection 177 5,000 297,760 -164,525 500 2,500 2,500 5,000 5,000 7,500 10,000 30,000 300,000 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
Immediate post-emergency reconstruction and rehabilitation 36 250,000 698,856 -73,020 40,000 133,320 166,650 200,000 250,000 325,000 500,000 500,000 1,000,000 10,025,875
Emergency food assistance 77 198,000 387,414 -71,635 24,000 71,635 125,000 160,000 198,000 225,000 347,548 500,000 881,621 2,898,718
Radio 35 350,000 580,919 -67,508 15,000 100,000 150,000 249,409 350,000 500,000 850,000 992,777 1,484,552 2,117,584
Relief co-ordination and support services 39 291,678 687,691 -56,873 5,000 30,693 170,000 250,000 291,678 450,000 600,000 800,000 2,479,514 5,000,000
Food assistance 14 524,911 3,066,708 -2,023 5,000 5,000 285,631 499,853 524,911 923,375 1,000,000 1,100,848 3,950,000 33,065,600
Telecommunications 2 -192 49,904 -192 -192 -192 -192 -192 -192 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Social services 49 10,000 329,215 400 500 2,500 5,000 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 400,000 7,500,000
Gender equality 4 13,333 1,682,991 500 500 500 13,333 13,333 13,333 2,718,291 2,718,291 3,999,838 3,999,838 3,999,838
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
Culture 1 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Business Policy and Administration 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 2 800,000 800,078 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,000 800,155 800,155 800,155 800,155 800,155
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
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

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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
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 donations in reverse chronological order (19 donations)

DoneeAmount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 14383)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH1,499,943.00105082017-11-22Public 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 Philanthropy100,000.0034502017-08-16Public 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 Foundation1,500.0016292017-07-28Public 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 Foundation400,000.0070762017-04-27Public 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).
eHealth4everyone474,222.2274532017-03-28Public 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-357,537.003772017-01-15Public 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 Studies1,927,059.00110582016-10-24Public 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 Institute900,000.0091542016-09-23Public 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 Foundation1,500.0016292016-07-28Public 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 Philanthropy28,500.0024522016-07-27Public 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 Officials5,000.0017602016-05-18Public 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 Manitoba3,600,884.00123592015-11-27Public 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 Fund250,000.0060812015-11-16Public 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 India1,054,951.0096802015-11-09Public 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 Foundation500,000.0076502015-09-30Public 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 Philanthropy200,000.0057032015-09-30Public 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 Institute1,753,730.00109182015-06-02Public 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 Foundation1,500.0016292015-04-30Public 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 Global900,000.0091542014-10-24Public 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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