Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to National Academy of Sciences

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 theNASciences
Websitehttp://www.nasonline.org/
Twitter usernametheNASciences
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Academy_of_Sciences
Instagram usernamethenasciences

Full donee page for donee National Academy of Sciences

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 15 224,125 439,503 -305,562 -102,560 40,218 125,000 150,000 224,125 436,967 500,000 902,268 1,313,940 1,562,500
Agriculture 5 902,268 652,842 -305,562 -305,562 -305,562 150,000 150,000 902,268 902,268 955,004 955,004 1,562,500 1,562,500
Global health 5 207,305 391,781 -102,560 -102,560 -102,560 40,218 40,218 207,305 207,305 500,000 500,000 1,313,940 1,313,940
Animal agriculture 2 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000 125,000
Family planning 1 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125 224,125
Nutrition 2 436,967 447,653 436,967 436,967 436,967 436,967 436,967 436,967 458,339 458,339 458,339 458,339 458,339

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 2016 2014 2013 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Agriculture (filter this donor) 5 3,264,209.91 1,562,500.00 0.00 0.00 150,000.00 -305,562.09 0.00 902,268.00 955,004.00
Global health (filter this donor) 5 1,958,902.81 0.00 0.00 207,305.00 -102,560.19 0.00 0.00 500,000.00 1,354,158.00
Nutrition (filter this donor) 2 895,306.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 436,967.00 0.00 458,339.00 0.00 0.00
Animal agriculture (filter this donor) 2 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family planning (filter this donor) 1 224,125.00 0.00 224,125.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 15 6,592,543.72 1,562,500.00 224,125.00 457,305.00 484,406.81 -305,562.09 458,339.00 1,402,268.00 2,309,162.00

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
1,562,500.0012016-06-21Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support an endowment for an annual National Academy of Sciences Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
224,125.0082014-07-29Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the appointment of a committee of experts to conduct a workshop to assess the determinants of the slow fertility transition in sub-Saharan Africa; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
125,000.00112013-11-01Animal agriculture/Livestockhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to complete a study that will identify critical research and development (R&D), technologies, and resource needs for research in the field of animal agriculture, both nationally and internationally (with particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South As; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
125,000.00112013-11-01Animal agriculture/Livestock/veterinary serviceshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to complete a study that will identify critical research and development (R&D), technologies, and resource needs for research in the field of animal agriculture, both nationally and internationally (with particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South As; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
207,305.0092013-07-02Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to plan and convene a two-day public workshop on “Lessons Learned in the Conduct of Large Scale, Complex, Multi-National Global Health Program Evaluations”; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-102,560.19142010-08-02Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to update the case for global health investment by governments, multinational industries, universities, and civil society organizations; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
436,967.0072010-06-09Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for conference support. Agriculture-Nutrition Linkages Workshops in Uganda and Nigeria. Investment start date: 6/9/2010 to end date: 12/31/2012. Grantee name: National Academy of Sciences; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Uganda|Nigeria.
150,000.00102010-04-29Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to convene experts from the public and private sector in agricultural development to help establish the dimensions of the food security challenge and explore how to sustainably meet growing food demands during the coming decades; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-305,562.09152009-07-31Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to identify new scientific knowledge and promising technology with the potential to transform the production capabilities of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
458,339.0062008-10-24Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a workshop(s) to illuminate the implications of the global food price crisis with respect to improving maternal and child nutrition; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
500,000.0052007-11-13Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to update the case for global health investment by governments, multinational industries, universities, and civil society organizations; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
902,268.0042007-05-24Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a study that will generate an updated report on the science behind sustainable agricultural practices, and the factors important for the adoption and scaling of sustainable farming systems; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
955,004.0032006-11-15Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to identify new scientific knowledge and promising technology with the potential to transform the production capabilities of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
1,313,940.0022006-10-26Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the likelihood of identifying efficacious, safe, affordable and acceptable HIV prevention interventions in developing countries by recommending approaches to address emerging methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
40,218.00132006-07-14Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to prevent HIV infection among injecting drug users in high risk countries. Prevention of HIV Infection among Injecting Drug Users in High Risk Countries. Investment start date: 10/1/2005 to end date: 12/1/2006. Grantee name: National Academy of Sciences; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Europe|Asia.