Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Pew Charitable Trusts

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 pewcharitabletrusts
Websitehttp://www.pewtrusts.org/
Twitter usernamepewtrusts
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pew_Charitable_Trusts
Instagram usernamepewenvironment

Full donee page for donee Pew Charitable Trusts

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 4 350,000 617,688 200,000 200,000 200,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 525,000 525,000 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750
Communications policy and administrative management 1 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Global development 2 350,000 437,500 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 525,000 525,000 525,000 525,000 525,000
Information and communication technology (ICT) 1 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750 1,395,750

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 2015 2014
Information and communication technology (ICT) (filter this donor) 1 1,395,750.00 0.00 0.00 1,395,750.00
Global development (filter this donor) 2 875,000.00 0.00 350,000.00 525,000.00
Communications policy and administrative management (filter this donor) 1 200,000.00 200,000.00 0.00 0.00
Total 4 2,470,750.00 200,000.00 350,000.00 1,920,750.00

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 (4 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 4)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
200,000.0042017-07-28Communications policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to understand the public’s relationship to news and information, driven by the belief that an informed public is a vital component of a healthy democracy; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
350,000.0032015-11-18Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to produce and broadly disseminate research analyzing public attitudes in sub-Saharan Africa toward major development issues such as economic well-being, education and employment, public health, government performance and human rights to key target audien; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
525,000.0022014-11-19Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to produce and broadly disseminate research analyzing public attitudes in sub-Saharan Africa toward major development issues such as economic well-being, education and employment, public health, government performance and human rights to key target audien; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
1,395,750.0012014-11-17Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to inform the public and key target audiences how to meet critical information needs in their communities and helping those key audiences understand where libraries stand..; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).