Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to International Center for Journalists

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
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Center_for_Journalists

Full donee page for donee International Center for Journalists

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 1,262,000 1,322,610 -1,630,410 15,000 100,000 856,888 861,439 1,262,000 1,630,410 1,989,758 2,038,716 2,652,821 4,679,410
Communications policy and administrative management 5 1,989,758 1,326,712 -1,630,410 -1,630,410 -1,630,410 1,704,144 1,704,144 1,989,758 1,989,758 2,038,716 2,038,716 2,531,350 2,531,350
Global health 1 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 15,000
Global development 5 881,538 1,437,806 100,000 100,000 100,000 266,081 266,081 881,538 881,538 1,262,000 1,262,000 4,679,410 4,679,410
Radio 2 856,888 859,164 856,888 856,888 856,888 856,888 856,888 856,888 861,439 861,439 861,439 861,439 861,439
Multisector aid 2 1,630,410 2,141,616 1,630,410 1,630,410 1,630,410 1,630,410 1,630,410 1,630,410 2,652,821 2,652,821 2,652,821 2,652,821 2,652,821

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 2015 2014 2012 2011 2010 2008 2007
Global development (filter this donor) 5 7,189,029.00 1,262,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 1,147,619.00 4,679,410.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Communications policy and administrative management (filter this donor) 5 6,633,558.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,531,350.00 2,038,716.00 1,989,758.00 1,704,144.00
Multisector aid (filter this donor) 2 4,283,231.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,652,821.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Radio (filter this donor) 2 1,718,327.00 861,439.00 0.00 856,888.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 1 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 15,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 19,839,145.00 2,123,439.00 100,000.00 871,888.00 1,147,619.00 4,679,410.00 2,652,821.00 2,531,350.00 2,038,716.00 1,989,758.00 1,704,144.00

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)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 15)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,262,000.0082018-06-26Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to boost African news media organizations to deliver high-quality health and development news that engages their audiences and leads to healthier behavior and better policies; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Africa.
861,439.00102018-05-10Radio/television/print mediahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to offer expertise and technical assistance to leading newsrooms to cover health and development issues; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: India.
100,000.00132017-03-31Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling Project Support. Investment start date: 3/31/2017 to end date: 11/30/2018. Grantee name: International Center for Jou; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Africa.
856,888.00112016-11-11Radio/television/print mediahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to offer expertise and technical assistance to leading newsrooms to cover health and development issues; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: India.
15,000.00142016-09-02Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support - In memory of Michael Elliott, former CEO of ONE. Investment start date: 9/2/2016 to end date: 10/31/2016. Grantee name: International Center for Journalists, Inc.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
881,538.0092015-10-31Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to organize and implement journalism challenges for African news media to develop innovative and data-driven health and development news reports to help African media to better contribute to setting development agendas and furthering public accountability; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected countries: South africa|Tanzania, united republic of|Nigeria|Kenya|Ghana|Zambia.
266,081.00122015-07-15Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to boost African news media organizations to deliver high-quality health and development news that engages their audiences and leads to healthier behavior and better policies; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Africa.
4,679,410.0012014-11-07Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to boost African news media organizations to deliver high-quality health and development news that engages their audiences and leads to healthier behavior and better policies; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Africa.
1,630,410.0072013-06-24Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the establishment of an editorial fund in Africa to advance compelling and evidence-based coverage of health and development issues, and data journalism training for African media; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
-1,630,410.00152013-06-24Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support high-impact fellowships to improve coverage of poverty and development-related issues in targeted African markets in order to inform policy decisions and further development outcomes; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: Uganda|Ghana|Senegal|Mozambique.
2,652,821.0022012-11-09Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the establishment of an editorial fund in Africa to advance compelling and evidence-based coverage of health and development issues, and data journalism training for African media; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
2,531,350.0032011-05-24Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support high-impact fellowships to improve coverage of poverty and development-related issues in targeted African markets in order to inform policy decisions and further development outcomes; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: Uganda|Ghana|Senegal|Mozambique.
2,038,716.0042010-06-14Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support high-impact fellowships to improve coverage of poverty and development-related issues in targeted African markets in order to inform policy decisions and further health outcomes; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
1,989,758.0052008-10-31Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support high-impact fellowships to improve coverage of poverty and development-related issues in targeted African markets in order to inform policy decisions and further development outcomes; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara; affected countries: Uganda|Ghana|Senegal|Mozambique.
1,704,144.0062007-11-05Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support high-impact fellowships to improve coverage of poverty and development-related issues in targeted African markets in order to inform policy decisions and further health outcomes; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.