Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donations made to Worldreader Org

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

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Country

Full donee page for donee Worldreader Org

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 7 750,000 622,609 102,196 102,196 102,196 653,874 653,874 750,000 750,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Culture and recreation 3 750,000 617,399 102,196 102,196 102,196 102,196 750,000 750,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Information and communication technology (ICT) 3 750,000 617,399 102,196 102,196 102,196 102,196 750,000 750,000 750,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Women's equality organisations and institutions 1 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874 653,874

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 2016 2015 2013
Culture and recreation (filter this donor) 3 1,852,196.00 1,000,000.00 750,000.00 102,196.00
Information and communication technology (ICT) (filter this donor) 3 1,852,196.00 1,000,000.00 750,000.00 102,196.00
Women's equality organisations and institutions (filter this donor) 1 653,874.00 0.00 653,874.00 0.00
Total 7 4,358,266.00 2,000,000.00 2,153,874.00 204,392.00

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 (7 donations)

Graph of all donations, showing the timeframe of donations

Graph of donations and their timeframes
Amount (current USD)Amount rank (out of 7)Donation dateCause areaURLInfluencerNotes
1,000,000.0012016-09-20Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support to Worldreader Org. Local Digital Content for Africa. Investment start date: 9/20/2016 to end date: 10/31/2016. Grantee name: Worldreader Org; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
1,000,000.0012016-09-20Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide general operating support to Worldreader Org. Local Digital Content for Africa. Investment start date: 9/20/2016 to end date: 10/31/2016. Grantee name: Worldreader Org; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected regions: Africa.
653,874.0052015-11-11Women's equality organisations and institutionshttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to help Worldreader begin to mainstream gender across their work, beginning with a two-year learning phase in Kenya to gather data, build partnerships, content and infrastructure, and build internal capacity; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Kenya.
750,000.0032015-03-25Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Scale: World Reader Expansion (General Operating Support). Investment start date: 3/25/2015 to end date: 4/30/2015. Grantee name: Worldreader Org; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
750,000.0032015-03-25Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to provide for general operating support. Scale: World Reader Expansion (General Operating Support). Investment start date: 3/25/2015 to end date: 4/30/2015. Grantee name: Worldreader Org; Aid type: Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes. Affected regions: Developing countries, unspecified.
102,196.0062013-09-04Culture and recreationhttps://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to pilot and testing the use of portable, online-connected reading devices in libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to meet user needs, and improver users lives, by increasing their access to and usage of books; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Kenya.
102,196.0062013-09-04Information and communication technology (ICT)https://iatiregistry.org/publisher/bmgf-- to pilot and testing the use of portable, online-connected reading devices in libraries in sub-Saharan Africa to meet user needs, and improver users lives, by increasing their access to and usage of books; Aid type: Project-type interventions. Affected countries: Kenya.