Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to American Library Association

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
Websitehttp://www.ala.org/
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Library_Association
Tumblr subdomainwww

Full donee page for donee American Library Association

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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Information and communication technology (ICT) (filter this donor) 11 10,848,232.50 1,450,000.00 5,902,850.50 101,515.00 1,478,265.00 1,249,847.00 81,627.00 584,128.00
Culture and recreation (filter this donor) 9 10,590,908.50 1,450,000.00 5,902,850.50 101,515.00 1,478,265.00 1,249,847.00 0.00 408,431.00
Total 20 21,439,141.00 2,900,000.00 11,805,701.00 203,030.00 2,956,530.00 2,499,694.00 81,627.00 992,559.00

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 (20 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,450,000.002017-09-21Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. PLA Impact and Data Collaboration and International Expansion. Investment start date: 9/21/2017 to end date: 8/31/2018. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,450,000.002017-09-21Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. PLA Impact and Data Collaboration and International Expansion. Investment start date: 9/21/2017 to end date: 8/31/2018. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
500,000.002016-10-12Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. Leadership Institute General Operating Support. Investment start date: 10/12/2016 to end date: 10/31/2016. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
500,000.002016-10-12Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. Leadership Institute General Operating Support. Investment start date: 10/12/2016 to end date: 10/31/2016. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
5,402,850.502016-05-25Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build the capacity of public libraries to better align with community priorities, increasing library impact on overall community development through a robust program of services, communications, and partnerships; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
5,402,850.502016-05-25Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build the capacity of public libraries to better align with community priorities, increasing library impact on overall community development through a robust program of services, communications, and partnerships; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
101,515.002015-04-06Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support for Public Library Association. Investment start date: 4/6/2015 to end date: 4/30/2015. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
101,515.002015-04-06Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support for Public Library Association. Investment start date: 4/6/2015 to end date: 4/30/2015. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
1,478,265.002014-10-22Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop measures of impact and an active community of informed users to capture consistent public library service outcomes, through communication and support materials that will guide libraries in strategically applying data and lay the groundwork for ; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
1,478,265.002014-10-22Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop measures of impact and an active community of informed users to capture consistent public library service outcomes, through communication and support materials that will guide libraries in strategically applying data and lay the groundwork for ; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
474,554.502013-10-26Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 10/26/2013 to end date: 11/30/2015. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
474,554.502013-10-26Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 10/26/2013 to end date: 11/30/2015. Grantee name: American Library Association; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
749,999.502013-09-25Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to address a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capac; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
749,999.502013-09-25Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to address a critical need of the field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways; strengthens librarians as community leaders and change agents; and strengthens ALA’s capac; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
25,293.002013-01-04Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
25,293.002013-01-04Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
81,627.002012-10-12Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
408,431.002011-03-04Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
408,431.002011-03-04Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
175,697.002011-03-03Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the development of public access technology benchmarks that motivate local re-investment in public access technology at public libraries and inspire continuous improvement of those services; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).