Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to The Aspen Institute

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

Full donee page for donee The Aspen Institute

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 27 450,248 1,310,336 -36,500 50,000 250,000 300,000 322,000 450,248 739,198 750,000 1,372,963 3,600,308 8,985,088
Global development 11 300,000 711,854 -36,500 150,000 150,000 250,000 250,000 300,000 316,250 450,248 500,000 1,900,092 3,600,308
Multisector aid 5 500,000 983,729 25,000 25,000 25,000 400,000 400,000 500,000 500,000 1,372,963 1,372,963 2,620,683 2,620,683
Global health 5 377,852 2,028,459 50,000 50,000 50,000 250,000 250,000 377,852 377,852 750,000 750,000 8,714,441 8,714,441
Agriculture 1 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000 322,000
Culture and recreation 2 739,198 795,164 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 851,130 851,130 851,130 851,130 851,130
Information and communication technology (ICT) 2 739,198 795,164 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 739,198 851,130 851,130 851,130 851,130 851,130
Education 1 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088 8,985,088

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 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Global health (filter this donor) 5 10,142,293.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,764,441.00 377,852.00
Education (filter this donor) 1 8,985,088.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 8,985,088.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Global development (filter this donor) 11 7,830,398.00 1,900,092.00 150,000.00 3,813,808.00 716,250.00 500,000.00 0.00 450,248.00 0.00 300,000.00 0.00 0.00
Multisector aid (filter this donor) 5 4,918,646.00 425,000.00 0.00 500,000.00 1,372,963.00 0.00 2,620,683.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Culture and recreation (filter this donor) 2 1,590,327.50 0.00 0.00 851,129.50 0.00 739,198.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Information and communication technology (ICT) (filter this donor) 2 1,590,327.50 0.00 0.00 851,129.50 0.00 739,198.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Agriculture (filter this donor) 1 322,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 322,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 27 35,379,080.00 2,325,092.00 400,000.00 6,016,067.00 11,074,301.00 1,978,396.00 3,370,683.00 450,248.00 322,000.00 300,000.00 8,764,441.00 377,852.00

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 (27 donations)

Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 27)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,900,092.0052017-11-28Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the communications capacities of development experts and advocates through mentoring and training programs; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
400,000.00152017-06-29Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 6/29/2017 to end date: 6/30/2019. Grantee name: The Aspen Institute Inc; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
25,000.00262017-03-13Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to execute the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality & Opportunity, including pre-event planning, day of event logistics, and programming; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
150,000.00232016-04-14Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to design and execute an impactful and participatory forum on health that aims to shape policies and cultivate a future generation of advocates and champions that are working to advance common goals and priorities; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
250,000.00202016-01-21Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the AMP Health services and their supports of countries addressing the root causes of suboptimal health services at the community level through convening, job training, tech support and mentorship; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Uganda|Malawi|Kenya.
3,600,308.0032015-10-28Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the communications capacities of development experts and advocates through mentoring and training programs; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
851,129.5072015-08-04Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a dialogue that shapes a new value proposition for public libraries in the information age and to accelerate the transformation of U.S. public libraries to better meet community information needs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
851,129.5072015-08-04Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a dialogue that shapes a new value proposition for public libraries in the information age and to accelerate the transformation of U.S. public libraries to better meet community information needs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
500,000.00122015-07-07Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. General Operating Support. Investment start date: 7/7/2015 to end date: 6/30/2017. Grantee name: The Aspen Institute Inc; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
-36,500.00272015-06-02Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide an educational resource for policymakers on international development issues; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
250,000.00202015-05-28Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide conference support to the two and a half-day expansion of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, Spotlight: Health; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
8,985,088.0012014-10-23Education/Education policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support the implementation of college ready standards and assessments to support effective teaching; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
1,372,963.0062014-10-20Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a communication fellowship program. New Voices Fellows Program (comms grant). Investment start date: 11/8/2012 to end date: 1/31/2016. Grantee name: The Aspen Institute Inc; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
250,000.00202014-05-13Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide conference support to the two and a half-day expansion of the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Spotlight: Health; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
316,250.00182014-04-25Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide an educational resource for policymakers on international development issues; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
150,000.00232014-04-21Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support of the Aspen Institute’s Philanthropy & Social Innovation Program; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
500,000.00122013-06-17Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- for general operating support of the Aspen Institute’s Philanthropy & Social Innovation Program; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
739,198.00102013-02-14Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a dialogue that shapes a new value proposition for public libraries in the information age and to accelerate the transformation of U.S. public libraries to better meet community information needs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
739,198.00102013-02-14Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct a dialogue that shapes a new value proposition for public libraries in the information age and to accelerate the transformation of U.S. public libraries to better meet community information needs; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: United states of america (the).
2,620,683.0042012-11-08Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a communication fellowship program. New Voices Fellows Program (comms grant). Investment start date: 11/8/2012 to end date: 1/31/2016. Grantee name: The Aspen Institute Inc; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
750,000.0092012-10-01Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to foster engaged discourse among Members of Congress and key analysts and regional participants driven by the aspiration that better informed and engaged legislators will make wiser policy choices; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
450,248.00142010-10-29Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support global development as a strategic interest by strengthening links between the development, diplomacy, and defense communities within the US government; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
322,000.00172009-01-13Agriculture/agricultural policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to increase the amount and effectiveness of capital and technical assistance for entrepreneurs in developing countries; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
300,000.00192008-04-11Global development/Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to explore how the US government can better understand, accommodate, and support global development as a strategic interest shaping US foreign policy toward the developing world; Aid type: Development awareness. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
8,714,441.0022007-11-13Global health/Health policy and administrative managementhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to strengthen leadership capacity of Ministers of Health to increase equity and efficiency of public spending on health, to lead donor harmonization and coordination for health, and to support interventions prioritizing women's health; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
50,000.00252007-01-11Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to foster high-level discussion about the challenge of HIV/AIDS in India between U.S. and Indian policy makers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
377,852.00162006-09-29Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support two conferences that will be the first in a series of meetings to engage Ministers of Health in the Global Women's Health Initiative; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.