Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Acumen Fund

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

Full donor page for donor Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Basic donee information

ItemValue
Country
Facebook page acumenfund
Websitehttp://www.acumen.org/
Twitter usernameacumen
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acumen_(organization)

Full donee page for donee Acumen Fund

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 Total 2017 2015 2008
Agriculture (filter this donor) 2 8,902,606.50 2,162,811.50 0.00 6,739,795.00
Nutrition (filter this donor) 3 3,171,629.50 2,463,006.50 708,623.00 0.00
Animal agriculture (filter this donor) 2 1,008,818.00 300,195.00 708,623.00 0.00
Total 7 13,083,054.00 4,926,013.00 1,417,246.00 6,739,795.00

Graph of spending by cause area and year (incremental, not cumulative)

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Graph of spending by cause area and year (cumulative)

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Full list of donations in reverse chronological order (7 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
2,162,811.502017-11-13Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to help poultry enterprises improve the nutritional and positive gender impacts on smallholder farming households; to better understand the impact of foreign breeds of chickens on smallholder farming households and poultry consumers in Nigeria and Tanzani; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Tanzania, united republic of|Nigeria.
2,162,811.502017-11-13Agriculture/agricultural developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to help poultry enterprises improve the nutritional and positive gender impacts on smallholder farming households; to better understand the impact of foreign breeds of chickens on smallholder farming households and poultry consumers in Nigeria and Tanzani; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Tanzania, united republic of|Nigeria.
300,195.002017-08-15Animal agriculture/Livestockhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to unlock the latent potential of Ethiopia’s poultry market as a means to improve the wellbeing of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
300,195.002017-08-15Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to unlock the latent potential of Ethiopia’s poultry market as a means to improve the wellbeing of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
708,623.002015-11-09Animal agriculture/Livestockhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to unlock the latent potential of Ethiopia’s poultry market as a means to improve the wellbeing of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
708,623.002015-11-09Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to unlock the latent potential of Ethiopia’s poultry market as a means to improve the wellbeing of smallholder farmers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia.
6,739,795.002008-11-11Agriculture/agricultural financial serviceshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide risk capital and management support to entrepreneurs improving the provision of agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers, to better the lives of poor farmer families; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Kenya|Pakistan|India.