Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to University of Toronto

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 universitytoronto
Websitehttp://www.utoronto.ca/
Twitter usernameuoft
Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Toronto
Instagram usernameuoft

Full donee page for donee University of Toronto

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 2008
Sanitation (filter this donor) 5 8,811,420.19 3,792,125.00 19,939.77 2,544,453.00 2,454,902.42 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Waste management (filter this donor) 6 3,056,829.81 0.00 -19,939.77 0.00 -105,470.42 558,000.00 2,224,655.00 399,585.00 0.00
Global health (filter this donor) 5 400,000.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 100,000.00
Nutrition (filter this donor) 2 314,143.00 106,756.00 207,387.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total 18 12,582,393.00 3,898,881.00 307,387.00 2,644,453.00 2,349,432.00 558,000.00 2,224,655.00 499,585.00 100,000.00

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 (18 donations)

Amount (current USD)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
106,756.002017-10-27Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop technology for reducing zinc deficiencies through zinc fortification of (cooking) salt.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South & Central Asia.
3,792,125.002017-10-11Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test the smoldering Reinvented Toilet prototype, and to support the subsequent design, build, and testing of multiple engineering validation units for foreign field testing. This effort supports our strategy to improve sanitation in the developing worl; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
207,387.002016-09-13Nutrition/basic nutritionhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop technology for reducing zinc deficiencies through zinc fortification of (cooking) salt.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South & Central Asia.
-19,939.772016-05-18Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1 Phase 2: Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 10/24/2012 to end date: 8/31/2014. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
19,939.772016-05-18Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop an economical sanitation infrastructure for the people that lack it that will improve health, enhance economic development, and increase access to education; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
100,000.002016-04-18Global health/malariahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to improve the diagnosis of malaria in developing countries by developing a cost-effective, portable test that uses microfluidics to rapidly diagnose malaria from saliva samples; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,544,453.002015-11-09Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop an economical sanitation infrastructure for the people that lack it that will improve health, enhance economic development, and increase access to education; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
100,000.002015-04-10Global health/basic health carehttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to more easily estimate gestational age of newborns, which is important for maternal and child health, by building a handheld device to measure skin thickness and structure using non-invasive diffuse optical spectroscopy; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
-105,470.422014-11-13Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1 Phase 2: Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 10/24/2012 to end date: 8/31/2014. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
105,470.422014-11-13Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop an economical sanitation infrastructure for the people that lack it that will improve health, enhance economic development, and increase access to education; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
2,349,432.002014-08-20Sanitation/basic sanitationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to develop an economical sanitation infrastructure for the people that lack it that will improve health, enhance economic development, and increase access to education; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: South of Sahara|South & Central Asia.
558,000.002013-09-13Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1 Phase 2: Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 10/24/2012 to end date: 8/31/2014. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
2,184,655.002012-10-24Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1 Phase 2: Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 10/24/2012 to end date: 8/31/2014. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
40,000.002012-07-27Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1: The Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 6/14/2011 to end date: 1/31/2013. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
100,000.002011-09-29Global health/STD control including HIV/AIDShttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to test the theory that alterations of host cells by HIV might also activate human endogenous retroviruses in the same cells, research that could provide a basis for the development of a new HIV vaccine.; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
399,585.002011-06-14Waste management / disposalhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to support a new concept for human waste treatment. RTTC Round 1: The Toronto Toilet. Investment start date: 6/14/2011 to end date: 1/31/2013. Grantee name: University of Toronto; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
50,000.002008-09-11Global health/Tuberculosis controlhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to computer model the structural and functional effects of point mutations on a target protein’s active site to guide drug development and optimization; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified|South of Sahara.
50,000.002008-09-11Global health/malariahttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to computer model the structural and functional effects of point mutations on a target protein’s active site to guide drug development and optimization; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified|South of Sahara.