Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to University of Pennsylvania

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
Facebook page UnivPennsylvania
Websitehttp://www.upenn.edu
Twitter usernamePenn
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pennsylvania
Instagram usernameuofpenn

Full donee page for donee University of Pennsylvania

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 2011 2010 2009 2008
Global health (filter this donor) 22 20,582,226.77 5,359,231.59 3,911,138.00 775,789.00 0.00 656,207.00 549,800.00 4,088,933.27 199,161.91 3,267,953.00 1,774,013.00
Sanitation (filter this donor) 1 3,786,558.00 0.00 3,786,558.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Agriculture (filter this donor) 3 1,683,827.38 1,365,870.00 0.00 -521,560.63 839,518.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Nutrition (filter this donor) 1 957,215.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 957,215.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Family planning (filter this donor) 1 100,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 28 27,109,827.15 6,725,101.59 7,797,696.00 254,228.38 839,518.00 656,207.00 549,800.00 5,046,148.27 199,161.91 3,267,953.00 1,774,013.00

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 (28 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,365,870.002017-11-29Agriculture/agricultural serviceshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- To fund a study seeking to understand how to increase farmers’ incomes in some of India’s poorest states by improving their access to agricultural markets and bargaining power with market intermediaries.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
2,036,383.002017-11-29Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to aid the development of drugs to treat children from life-threatening diarrheal disease; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-3,517.412017-03-10Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and license a low cost booster vaccine to develop immunity against all serotypes of polio virus; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,326,366.002017-02-07Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to build an information repository of consolidated data sets from among large longitudinal studies to explore enteric pathogen influence on morbidity and mortality in young children; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,786,558.002016-11-02Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to study social norms and networks to understand how they influence open defecation behavior; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: India.
100,000.002016-10-25Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to better treat and prevent cryptosporidiosis by developing a more natural mouse model that displays similar symptoms to humans for studying the effects of malnutrition and bacteria in the gut on infection and on the efficacy of treatments; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002016-10-19Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to diagnose infectious diseases from different sample types by developing a low-cost miniaturized diagnostic that uses magnetic nanopore filters to enhance sensitivity and a simplified nucleic-acid detection system; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002016-10-07Family planninghttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to help women identify the method of contraception best suited to their individual needs and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in Botswana, by developing a mobile phone application comprising a simple set of questions; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002016-04-13Global health/Tuberculosis controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to better diagnose tuberculosis in low-resource settings by developing a quantitative imaging technology that uses acoustics to measure the total body levels of Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,611,138.002016-02-10Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and test novel simian-human immunodeficiency viruses (in nonhuman primates) that elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies and could serve as a guide for iterative HIV/AIDS vaccine development; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-521,560.622015-12-02Agriculture/agricultural developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to evaluate opportunities for impact through behavior change communication in India, Ethiopia and Nigeria; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia|Nigeria|India.
775,789.002015-09-23Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a focused assessment of emerging tools for identifying potential drug targets for Cryptosporidium; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
839,518.002014-10-09Agriculture/agricultural developmenthttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to evaluate opportunities for impact through behavior change communication in India, Ethiopia and Nigeria; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Ethiopia|Nigeria|India.
556,333.002013-10-10Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct research related to the influence of adenovirus infections on HIV-1 vaccine performance; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002013-10-07Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to enhance the therapeutic effect of anthelmintics, which are drugs used to expel parasitic worms, and bypass the development of drug resistance by testing them in combination with inhibitors of multidrug transporters in mouse infection models.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-126.002013-01-13Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to engineer enzymes that disassemble protein fibrils found in semen, which are known to allow for the transmission of HIV infection; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
549,800.002012-10-18Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to leverage infrastructure and tools via the ApiDB project to rapidly and economically improve access to genomic-scale datasets for kinetoplastid researchers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
957,215.002011-10-24Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to analyze a rich longitudinal, multi-sectoral data set from four countries: India, Vietnam, Ethipoia and Peru to answer key questions about both the causes and consequences of early undernutrition; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified; affected countries: Viet nam|Ethiopia|Peru|India.
2,731,703.002011-10-17Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct research related to the influence of adenovirus infections on HIV-1 vaccine performance; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-4,071.732011-07-27Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to use phage display technology to engineer a commensal “sentinel” bacteria that be introduced into the gut flora to destroy existing bacterial toxins; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
600,000.002011-07-13Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to leverage infrastructure and tools via the ApiDB project to rapidly and economically improve access to genomic-scale datasets for kinetoplastid researchers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
761,302.002011-03-22Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop and license a low cost booster vaccine to develop immunity against all serotypes of polio virus; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-838.092010-09-08Global health/malariahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to use small molecule antimicrobial peptide mimics as antimalarials. Small molecule antimicrobial peptide mimics as antimalarials. Investment start date: 5/1/2009 to end date: 4/30/2010. Grantee name: University of Pennsylvania; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
100,000.002010-04-22Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to engineer enzymes that disassemble protein fibrils found in semen, which are known to allow for the transmission of HIV infection; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002010-04-12Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to use phage display technology to engineer a commensal “sentinel” bacteria that be introduced into the gut flora to destroy existing bacterial toxins; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
3,167,953.002009-03-19Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to conduct research related to the influence of adenovirus infections on HIV-1 vaccine performance; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002009-02-26Global health/malariahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to use small molecule antimicrobial peptide mimics as antimalarials. Small molecule antimicrobial peptide mimics as antimalarials. Investment start date: 5/1/2009 to end date: 4/30/2010. Grantee name: University of Pennsylvania; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara.
1,774,013.002008-10-28Global health/infectious disease controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to leverage infrastructure and tools via the ApiDB project to rapidly and economically improve access to genomic-scale datasets for kinetoplastid researchers; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.