Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Northwestern 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 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 NorthwesternU
Websitehttp://www.northwestern.edu
Twitter usernamenorthwesternu
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_University
Instagram usernamenorthwesternu

Full donee page for donee Northwestern University

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 2013 2012 2011 2010 2006
Global health (filter this donor) 11 14,192,322.39 -34,726.61 2,543,960.00 100,000.00 6,150,089.00 492,506.00 4,940,494.00
Family planning (filter this donor) 3 149,118.68 49,118.68 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 14 14,341,441.07 14,392.07 2,643,960.00 100,000.00 6,150,089.00 492,506.00 4,940,494.00

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 (14 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.002016-10-21Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to enable discovery of new contraceptives by developing an automated in vitro model of ovulation using mouse follicles with hormones delivered by microfluidic and microdynamic systems to mimic the human 28-day menstrual cycle; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-50,881.322016-05-12Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create male condoms that mimic mucosal tissue and increase sensation by using hydrophilic polyurethane elastomers, which, when hydrated, behave in the same way as natural tissue while retaining strength, elasticity and manufacturability.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-34,726.612016-01-08Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to show proof of principle of the barrier properties of the synthetic mucin polymer technology (SMP) by conducting SMP efficacy studies, evaluate efficacy, invent prototype formulations, and develop technology to enrich antibody concentration; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002013-10-24Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create male condoms that mimic mucosal tissue and increase sensation by using hydrophilic polyurethane elastomers, which, when hydrated, behave in the same way as natural tissue while retaining strength, elasticity and manufacturability.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002013-10-15Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop sterile schistosomes as a nonpathogenic biological delivery vector for RNA and peptide-mediated anthelmintic therapy; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
997,539.002013-10-15Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to leverage social networks for the spread of health innovations in Bihar, India. Knowledge Networks for Scaling Up Impact. Investment start date: 10/15/2013 to end date: 5/31/2015. Grantee name: Northwestern University; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
1,446,421.002013-07-18Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop the concept that a vaccine can prevent HIV transmission by the trapping of virus-antibody complexes in cervical and cervical/vaginal mucus; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002012-04-03Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to engineer yeast-based biosensors that can identify pathogen biomarkers in samples like blood and urine.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002011-09-30Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to use a computer-aided design (CAD) tool to identify new metabolic mechanisms of action in priority drugs for the developing world.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
5,439,635.002011-07-25Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop the concept that a vaccine can prevent HIV transmission by the trapping of virus-antibody complexes in cervical and cervical/vaginal mucus; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
610,454.002011-07-21Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to show proof of principle of the barrier properties of the synthetic mucin polymer technology (SMP) by conducting SMP efficacy studies, evaluate efficacy, invent prototype formulations, and develop technology to enrich antibody concentration; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
246,253.002010-11-03Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to complete development of an infant HIV rapid test and transfer design to a global diagnostic company for regulatory approvals and market introduction in high‐prevalence countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
246,253.002010-11-03Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to complete development of an infant HIV rapid test and transfer design to a global diagnostic company for regulatory approvals and market introduction in high‐prevalence countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
4,940,494.002006-07-26Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop new hand-held field ready platforms for nucleic acid-based diagnostics and immunochemistry and create a novel structure for developing diagnostics products; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.