Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to University of Massachusetts

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 UniversityofMassachusetts
Websitehttp://www.massachusetts.edu/
Twitter usernameBostonSchools
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Massachusetts

Full donee page for donee University of Massachusetts

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 10 100,000 429,525 10,000 10,000 90,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 999,746 2,595,505
Global health 8 100,000 513,156 10,000 10,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 999,746 2,595,505 2,595,505
Sanitation 1 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000
Waste management 1 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000

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 2014 2013 2012 2011 2009
Global health (filter this donor) 8 4,105,251.00 100,000.00 10,000.00 999,746.00 2,695,505.00 300,000.00
Waste management (filter this donor) 1 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00
Sanitation (filter this donor) 1 90,000.00 0.00 90,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 10 4,295,251.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 999,746.00 2,795,505.00 300,000.00

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 (10 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 10)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
100,000.0032014-04-16Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to boost the discovery of new treatments for typhoid fever, which causes enteric dysfunction, by evaluating two genetically engineered mouse models that can be infected with the same Salmonella bacterium that causes the human disease.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
10,000.00102013-04-19Global health/Health educationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to convert the energy contained in human waste into electricity and remove the organic matter and nutrients that deteriorate ecosystems and allow pathogens to persist in water using a modular Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) designed to retrofit existing compost; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
90,000.0092013-04-19Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to convert the energy contained in human waste into electricity and remove the organic matter and nutrients that deteriorate ecosystems and allow pathogens to persist in water using a modular Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) designed to retrofit existing compost; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
999,746.0022012-10-19Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to optimize the therapeutic activity and production of non-toxic, anti-roundworm proteins in food-grade bacteria to provide a cure for hookworms and other soil-transmitted helminths.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0032011-10-07Waste management/disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to adapt pit latrines to harvest organic substrates and nitrogen compounds in human waste using microbial fuel cells to transform the biochemical energy into carbon-neutral electricity.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,595,505.0012011-09-14Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop an effective HIV vaccine to control the transmission of human immodeficiency viruses; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0032011-04-11Global health/Reproductive health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop novel siRNA-based therapies for preeclampsia and related disorders for use in the developing world to significantly improve mother and infant health worldwide.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0032009-09-30Global health/Tuberculosis controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test the idea of delivering small interfering RNA (siRNAs) via glucan particles in an oral TB vaccine formulation. The team will utilize the siRNAs’ ability to block immunosuppressive signaling and amplify the immune response.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0032009-02-26Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to better understand the role that antimicrobial peptides play in the immune system, Gregory Tew will test synthetic molecules that mimic these peptides for their ability to clear bacteria by engaging the innate and adaptive immune system.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0032009-02-26Global health/Medical researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to attempt to design drugs to disrupt the biosynthesis of octopamine as a new strategy to interfere with the lifecycle of invertebrate parasites.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.