Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to California Institute of Technology

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 californiainstituteoftechnology
Websitehttp://www.caltech.edu
Twitter usernameCaltech
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Institute_of_Technology
Instagram usernamecaltechedu

Full donee page for donee California Institute of Technology

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 2010 2009
Global health (filter this donor) 17 15,214,863.54 450,000.00 -50,168.48 2,045,254.62 615,053.00 1,585,000.00 2,439,436.40 5,926,197.00 100,000.00 2,104,091.00
Sanitation (filter this donor) 8 6,775,319.63 0.00 1,657,655.00 0.00 2,827,449.00 765,000.00 1,165,215.63 360,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 25 21,990,183.16 450,000.00 1,607,486.52 2,045,254.62 3,442,502.00 2,350,000.00 3,604,652.02 6,286,197.00 100,000.00 2,104,091.00

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 (25 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
450,000.002017-11-14Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a Micro‐Electro‐Mechanical System as a portable and reliable microbial monitoring system that can be integrated into safe and sustainable sanitation solutions in the developing world and enable onsite testing for pathogens; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: South africa|China|India.
-49,650.282016-06-23Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a novel vector for HIV vaccines based on non-integrating lentivirus vectors that directly target the specialized cells that present antigens to the immune system; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,657,655.002016-05-27Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support ongoing development of the Caltech Solar Toilet technology and to identify and test further cost reductions in order to help make the technology available and accessible to the poor in developing countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-518.202016-04-28Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, demonstrate, and deliver a novel fully-integrated sample preparation module that accepts patient specimens and prepares them for subsequent quantitative PCR (qPCR) amplification and detection; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-1,855.382015-12-21Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support improving potency and breadth of natural bNabs from HIV-infected humans using structure-based design; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,047,110.002015-11-13Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a Micro‐Electro‐Mechanical System as a portable and reliable microbial monitoring system that can be integrated into safe and sustainable sanitation solutions in the developing world and enable onsite testing for pathogens; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: South africa|China|India.
790,060.002014-11-10Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to advance the "Reinvented Toilet" technology from early prototypes to beta-level prototypes that can be manufactured commercially with the goal of providing improved sanitation to developing countries in Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Philippine; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
846,360.002014-11-07Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the overall engineering design and operational efficiency of sustainable-toilet prototypes in order to improve sanitary conditions in the developing world; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the)|India.
615,053.002014-07-12Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop reagents for HIV-1 based diagnostics that are high performance, and are also stable in harsh environments, with plans to adapt those reagents into multiplexed and quantitative point-of-care diagnostics platforms; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,191,029.002014-04-14Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop water treatment and reuse practices to be implemented on-site in an energy sustainable and economical manner to benefit the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to safe, affordable sanitation; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
1,500,000.002013-10-27Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, demonstrate, and deliver a novel fully-integrated sample preparation module that accepts patient specimens and prepares them for subsequent quantitative PCR (qPCR) amplification and detection; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
85,000.002013-08-22Global health/Health educationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
765,000.002013-08-22Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
119,468.402012-10-29Global health/Health educationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,075,215.622012-10-29Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
90,000.002012-07-25Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
10,000.002012-07-25Global health/Health educationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,309,968.002012-04-04Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support improving potency and breadth of natural bNabs from HIV-infected humans using structure-based design; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
4,161,534.002011-06-06Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, demonstrate, and deliver a novel fully-integrated sample preparation module that accepts patient specimens and prepares them for subsequent quantitative PCR (qPCR) amplification and detection; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
1,724,663.002011-06-06Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop reagents for HIV-1 based diagnostics that are high performance, and are also stable in harsh environments, with plans to adapt those reagents into multiplexed and quantitative point-of-care diagnostics platforms; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
360,000.002011-06-02Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
40,000.002011-06-02Global health/Health educationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to transform the non-urban toilet into a sustainable, fossil-fuel-free self-contained treatment system for improved sanitation and hygiene with the goal of improving overall health and water quality; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002010-04-30Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build stable, low-cost protein capture agents to target proteins in an effort to replace expensive and unstable monoclonal antibodies that are currently needed for diagnostic tests; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002009-10-08Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to evaluate the feasibility of using a “microscope on a chip” along with a hand-held reader to detect and analyze cells and parasites in bodily fluids. This technology could provide diagnostic capabilities for a wide range of diseases.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,004,091.002009-09-15Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a novel vector for HIV vaccines based on non-integrating lentivirus vectors that directly target the specialized cells that present antigens to the immune system; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.