Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to University of Minnesota

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 UofMN
Websitehttp://twin-cities.umn.edu/
Twitter usernameumnews
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Minnesota
Instagram usernameumnpics
Tumblr subdomainumndriven

Full donee page for donee University of Minnesota

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 11 104,725 653,684 -31,669 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 104,725 352,874 459,712 899,358 2,374,157 2,631,362
Global health 8 100,000 445,516 -31,669 -31,669 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 104,725 459,712 2,631,362 2,631,362
Family planning 2 352,874 626,116 352,874 352,874 352,874 352,874 352,874 352,874 899,358 899,358 899,358 899,358 899,358
Agriculture 1 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157 2,374,157

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 2017 2015 2013 2012 2009 2008
Global health (filter this donor) 8 3,564,130.17 73,056.17 100,000.00 3,091,074.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Agriculture (filter this donor) 1 2,374,157.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,374,157.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family planning (filter this donor) 2 1,252,232.00 352,874.00 899,358.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 11 7,190,519.17 425,930.17 999,358.00 3,091,074.00 2,374,157.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 100,000.00

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 (11 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 11)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
352,874.0052018-09-18Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create a data browsing and extract system for the Performance and Monitoring Accountability 2020 survey and to promote the system to prospective users; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
104,725.0062018-08-07Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to determine whether a vaccine that establishes abundant tissue-resident memory T cells could prevent Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) infection in a primate model of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-31,668.83112018-06-26Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop data-driven strategies to improve and prioritize lifecycle-targeted intervention packages; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0072017-10-26Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to ensure routine vaccinations are given to all infants during the first year of life in resource-limited settings by evaluating the feasibility of providing free, shared transportation to clinics, and timely text message reminders; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
899,358.0032017-04-18Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to create a data browsing and extract system for the Performance and Monitoring Accountability 2020 survey and to promote the system to prospective users; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,631,362.0012015-11-11Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to determine whether a vaccine that establishes abundant tissue-resident memory T cells could prevent Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) infection in a primate model of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV); Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
459,712.0042015-10-23Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop data-driven strategies to improve and prioritize lifecycle-targeted intervention packages; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,374,157.0022013-11-13Agriculture/agricultural researchhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop cassava varieties for Nigerian farmers that are compatible with a modern and appropriate integrated weed management system; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Nigeria.
100,000.0072012-10-11Global health/Tuberculosis controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to identify small molecules that impair the ability of M. tuberculosis to develop resistance to current drug therapies, for use in a new class of tuberculosis antibiotics.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0072009-02-26Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test the hypothesis that HIV requires the human APOBEC3G protein to maintain a high mutation rate necessary for HIV survival. Inhibiting this protein may slow the mutation rate and make the virus more susceptible to immune responses.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.0072008-10-15Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test whether natural killer cells, generated from stem cells can effectively target and eliminate HIV-infected cells.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.