Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Iowa State 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 IowaStateU
Websitehttps://www.iastate.edu
Twitter usernameIowaStateU
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_State_University
Instagram usernameiowastateu

Full donee page for donee Iowa State 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 12 100,000 251,386 -372,109 -5,279 -4,381 55,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 234,094 499,852 750,000 1,459,460
Agriculture 9 100,000 301,849 -372,109 -372,109 -5,279 -4,381 55,000 100,000 234,094 499,852 750,000 1,459,460 1,459,460
Global health 3 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000

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 2015 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Agriculture (filter this donor) 9 2,716,636.94 1,245,470.74 -277,387.80 0.00 55,000.00 1,459,460.00 234,094.00
Global health (filter this donor) 3 300,000.00 0.00 200,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 12 3,016,636.94 1,245,470.74 -77,387.80 100,000.00 55,000.00 1,459,460.00 234,094.00

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 (12 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 12)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
750,000.0022015-11-13Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build capacity of African graduate programs to apply e-curriculum effectively, and to support the faculty of three African universities in improving their effectiveness in training plant breeders to manage cultivar development programs that deliver hig; Aid type: Other technical assistance. Affected countries: Ghana|Uganda|South africa.
499,852.0032015-11-13Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a tool for using naturally-occurring genomic markers to help dairy farmers in India identify high-producing cows whose milk is naturally enriched as another source of vitamin A; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
-4,381.26102015-01-06Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- To save labor and time for smallholder women farmers in Uganda by designing and evaluating a simple, portable, hand-operated seed cleaner, which also enhances grain quality.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-372,109.16122013-12-27Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support implementation of policy changes aimed at increasing the supply and access to seed of improved varieties across selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance productivity on small farms; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Malawi|Zambia|Nigeria.
100,000.0052013-10-08Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve treatment of parasitic worm (helminth) infections such as schistosomiasis by using mouse infection models to test the feasibility of blocking parasite microRNAs that may be required for infectivity as a novel therapeutic.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-5,278.64112013-08-28Agriculture/agricultural extensionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a public access network of African agricultural professionals in the diaspora as a resource to spark the transfer of knowledge, innovation, technical assistance, and entrepreneurialism between expatriates and their African colleagues; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
100,000.0052013-04-18Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- To save labor and time for smallholder women farmers in Uganda by designing and evaluating a simple, portable, hand-operated seed cleaner, which also enhances grain quality.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0052013-04-05Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- To improve the safety and efficacy of therapies for treating common filarial diseases caused by parasitic nematodes (worms) by combining them with engineered nanoparticles and testing them in infected rodent models.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0052012-04-02Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build an inexpensive and robust nanodevice that uses DNA as a scaffold to detect proteins and nucleic acid markers of pathogens.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
55,000.0092011-11-07Agriculture/agricultural extensionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a public access network of African agricultural professionals in the diaspora as a resource to spark the transfer of knowledge, innovation, technical assistance, and entrepreneurialism between expatriates and their African colleagues; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
1,459,460.0012010-05-21Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support implementation of policy changes aimed at increasing the supply and access to seed of improved varieties across selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance productivity on small farms; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Malawi|Zambia|Nigeria.
234,094.0042009-06-03Agriculture/agricultural extensionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop a public access network of African agricultural professionals in the diaspora as a resource to spark the transfer of knowledge, innovation, technical assistance, and entrepreneurialism between expatriates and their African colleagues; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.