Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Boston University

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 March 2022. 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 BostonUniversity
Websitehttp://www.bu.edu
Twitter usernameBU_Tweets
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_University

Full donee page for donee Boston University

Donor–donee relationship

Item Value

Donor–donee donation statistics

Cause areaCountMedianMeanMinimum10th percentile 20th percentile 30th percentile 40th percentile 50th percentile 60th percentile 70th percentile 80th percentile 90th percentile Maximum
Overall 15 100,000 428,487 -7,093 33,000 33,000 41,457 55,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 1,139,388 1,499,903 1,922,726
Family planning 2 -7,093 46,454 -7,093 -7,093 -7,093 -7,093 -7,093 -7,093 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000
Global health 12 100,000 519,534 33,000 33,000 34,000 41,457 55,000 100,000 100,000 1,139,388 1,175,931 1,499,903 1,922,726
Radio 1 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000

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 Total 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010
Global health (filter this donor) 12 6,234,405.00 100,000.00 3,477,629.00 1,239,388.00 1,217,388.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Radio (filter this donor) 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Family planning (filter this donor) 2 92,907.08 0.00 -7,092.92 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 6,427,312.08 100,000.00 3,470,536.08 1,239,388.00 1,217,388.00 100,000.00 200,000.00 100,000.00

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 (15 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 15)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.0052017-10-27Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to reduce the costs and broaden the use of diagnostic tests in developing countries by making a simple plastic and paper fluidic card to collect, prepare, and store nucleic acid molecules from blood without needing refrigeration; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,922,726.0012016-11-21Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to generate evidence of the community-based pertussis- and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-related mortality burden among young infants in Zambia, to inform pertussis and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) maternal immunization strategies; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Zambia.
1,499,903.0022016-04-14Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to identify efficient service delivery models for optimizing early HIV treatment initiation in high HIV prevalence areas in sub-Saharan Africa; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
55,000.00102016-03-28Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide support for travel, accommodations, food, and registration fees (in particular those from low- and middle-income countries) to participate in the Emerging Diseases from A to Z: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities symposium; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-7,092.92152016-03-21Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to reduce rates of mechanical condom failure by designing and fabricating a low-cost durable male condom with a super-hydrophilic nanoparticle coating, which decreases breakage and thereby transmission of infection.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0052015-10-27Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to diagnose bacterial pneumonia in children from developing countries where X-ray is unavailable by developing a low-cost, portable thermal imaging system for a smartphone to detect asymmetric “hot spots” of high temperatures in the lungs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,139,388.0042015-09-22Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to identify efficient service delivery models for optimizing early HIV treatment initiation in high HIV prevalence areas in sub-Saharan Africa; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
1,175,931.0032014-11-14Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to measure the burden of severe and non-severe pertussis disease among young African infants in a setting of very high maternal HIV seroprevalence; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Zambia.
41,457.00112014-06-02Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to prepare for a site inspection at the Lusaka, Zambia research site in preparation for activities related to testing whether passive maternal immunity resulting from maternal Tdap will provide an effective bridge between birth and when infants are able t; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Zambia.
100,000.0052013-10-11Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to reduce rates of mechanical condom failure by designing and fabricating a low-cost durable male condom with a super-hydrophilic nanoparticle coating, which decreases breakage and thereby transmission of infection.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0052012-10-17Radio/television/print mediahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create and pilot a newsroom staffed by students from the U.S. and Kenya who will create news stories focusing on successful aid projects for placement in mainstream media outlets.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0052012-04-02Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to engineer the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus gasseri to detect and kill Vibrio cholerae in the human intestine.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
33,000.00132010-10-07Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and test low-cost mechanical ventilators for infants in resource-poor settings; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
33,000.00132010-10-07Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and test low-cost mechanical ventilators for infants in resource-poor settings; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
34,000.00122010-10-07Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and test low-cost mechanical ventilators for infants in resource-poor settings; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.