Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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

Full donee page for donee Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York

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 6 99,902 513,767 -202,029 -202,029 -124,421 -124,421 99,902 99,902 252,512 252,570 252,570 2,804,068 2,804,068
Global health 4 -124,421 644,380 -202,029 -202,029 -202,029 -124,421 -124,421 -124,421 99,902 99,902 2,804,068 2,804,068 2,804,068
Multisector aid 2 252,512 252,541 252,512 252,512 252,512 252,512 252,512 252,512 252,570 252,570 252,570 252,570 252,570

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 2018 2016 2014 2012 2010 2008
Global health (filter this donor) 4 2,577,520.00 0.00 0.00 99,902.00 -124,421.00 -202,029.00 2,804,068.00
Multisector aid (filter this donor) 2 505,082.00 252,570.00 252,512.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 6 3,082,602.00 252,570.00 252,512.00 99,902.00 -124,421.00 -202,029.00 2,804,068.00

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 (6 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 6)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
252,570.0022018-10-23Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support learning component of the Saudi philanthropy fellowship program. Gulf Philanthropy Fellowship Program. Investment start date: 9/23/2016 to end date: 7/31/2020. Grantee name: Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected countries: Saudi arabia|United arab emirates (the).
252,512.0032016-09-23Multisector aidhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support learning component of the Saudi philanthropy fellowship program. Gulf Philanthropy Fellowship Program. Investment start date: 9/23/2016 to end date: 7/31/2020. Grantee name: Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York; Aid type: Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners. Affected countries: Saudi arabia|United arab emirates (the).
99,902.0042014-08-03Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a meeting that will establish a forum to discuss timely issues of relevance to the HIV global response, by paying special attention to ensuring representation from the Global South, and to support the costs of researchers, implementers, and pol; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-124,421.0052012-01-25Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, test, and disseminate mobile phone based applications for frontline health workers to improve coverage of key MNC interventions; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ghana.
-202,029.0062010-11-19Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, test, and disseminate mobile phone based applications for frontline health workers to improve coverage of key MNC interventions; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ghana.
2,804,068.0012008-11-19Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop, test, and disseminate mobile phone based applications for frontline health workers to improve coverage of key MNC interventions; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ghana.