Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Brookings Institution

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 brookings
Websitehttp://www.brookings.edu/
Twitter usernameBrookingsInst
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brookings_Institution

Full donee page for donee Brookings Institution

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 20 280,438 1,468,401 -1,329,608 -500,000 -61,338 49,922 175,000 280,438 960,515 2,000,000 3,344,923 3,750,000 6,270,792
Scientific research 7 250,000 2,012,858 -1,329,608 -1,329,608 -24,654 149,150 149,150 250,000 3,000,000 3,000,000 5,774,324 6,270,792 6,270,792
Agriculture 4 49,922 767,461 -500,000 -500,000 -500,000 49,922 49,922 49,922 175,000 175,000 3,344,923 3,344,923 3,344,923
Global health 3 2,000,000 1,817,853 -68,665 -68,665 -68,665 -68,665 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 3,522,225 3,522,225 3,522,225 3,522,225
Multisector aid 2 -61,338 109,550 -61,338 -61,338 -61,338 -61,338 -61,338 -61,338 280,438 280,438 280,438 280,438 280,438
Global development 3 960,515 1,678,505 325,000 325,000 325,000 325,000 960,515 960,515 960,515 3,750,000 3,750,000 3,750,000 3,750,000
Financial policy and administrative management 1 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000 1,500,000

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 Total 2018 2017 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2008 2006
Scientific research (filter this donor) 7 14,090,004.05 250,000.00 3,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 -1,329,607.88 0.00 -24,654.07 6,419,942.00 5,774,324.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 3 5,453,560.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -68,665.00 0.00 0.00 3,522,225.00
Global development (filter this donor) 3 5,035,515.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3,750,000.00 325,000.00 0.00 960,515.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Agriculture (filter this donor) 4 3,069,845.00 49,922.00 0.00 -500,000.00 0.00 3,519,923.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Financial policy and administrative management (filter this donor) 1 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Multisector aid (filter this donor) 2 219,099.74 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -61,338.26 0.00 280,438.00 0.00 0.00
Total 20 29,368,023.79 299,922.00 3,000,000.00 1,500,000.00 5,250,000.00 2,515,315.13 -61,338.26 867,195.93 6,700,380.00 5,774,324.00 3,522,225.00

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)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 20)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
250,000.00122018-11-26Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support research and policy dialogue of the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings on achieving Agenda 2030, development finance, and Africa’s development challenges and opportunities; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
49,922.00152018-06-20Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create credible donor score-cards on agriculture through detailed information and analyses of agricultural foreign aid, to help provide more and better aid resources to long-term small-holder led, sustainable agricultural development; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,000,000.0062017-12-01Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support research and policy dialogue of the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings on achieving Agenda 2030, development finance, and Africa’s development challenges and opportunities; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,000,000.0072016-09-23Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to generate the evidence needed around governance, funding efficiencies and economic impact to strengthen the business case for investments in global health research and development of new vaccines, treatments and diagnostics; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-500,000.00192016-01-04Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create credible donor score-cards on agriculture through detailed information and analyses of agricultural foreign aid, to help provide more and better aid resources to long-term small-holder led, sustainable agricultural development; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,750,000.0032014-09-04Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution to advance economic opportunity and positive development outcomes for the world’s most vulnerable populations through better policy. Specific focus areas will include infor; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Africa.
1,500,000.0082014-06-26Financial policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create an accountability mechanism for country commitments and national strategies for financial inclusion; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,344,923.0052013-11-06Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create credible donor score-cards on agriculture through detailed information and analyses of agricultural foreign aid, to help provide more and better aid resources to long-term small-holder led, sustainable agricultural development; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
175,000.00132013-10-09Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to examine how conflict and instability in West Africa affect agricultural development activities; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria|Mali.
325,000.00102013-08-26Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty to address aid and development effectiveness issues; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-1,329,607.88202013-08-20Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to bring the best African-led research and perspectives on development challenges to US policy makers by supporting the African Growth Initiative and to explore the potential of partnerships with African think tanks; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
-61,338.26172012-05-30Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to design an innovative fund which will provide growth capital to successful, scalable development projects focused on agriculture, financial access, and health; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Egypt.
960,515.0092011-06-20Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty to address aid and development effectiveness issues; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-24,654.07162011-05-05Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Africa Growth Initiative Conference to identify coordinated or joint initiatives in three areas: research on growth, partnering with African research organizations, and new ideas to create an African voice.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
-68,665.00182011-04-12Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support policy research on innovative financing for global health. Policy Research on Innovative Financing for Global Health. Investment start date: 10/4/2006 to end date: 6/30/2010. Grantee name: Brookings Institution; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
6,270,792.0012010-08-31Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct high-quality policy research focused on sustainable economic development in Africa, while amplifying the voice of African researchers in policymaking in the United States and Africa; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa; affected countries: Ghana|Kenya|Nigeria|Senegal|South africa|Uganda.
280,438.00112010-05-20Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to design an innovative fund which will provide growth capital to successful, scalable development projects focused on agriculture, financial access, and health; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Egypt.
149,150.00142010-02-18Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Africa Growth Initiative Conference to identify coordinated or joint initiatives in three areas: research on growth, partnering with African research organizations, and new ideas to create an African voice.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
5,774,324.0022008-07-23Scientific research/scientific institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to bring the best African-led research and perspectives on development challenges to US policy makers by supporting the African Growth Initiative and to explore the potential of partnerships with African think tanks; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
3,522,225.0042006-10-27Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support policy research on innovative financing for global health. Policy Research on Innovative Financing for Global Health. Investment start date: 10/4/2006 to end date: 6/30/2010. Grantee name: Brookings Institution; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.