Timeline of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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This is a timeline of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This timeline covers the period 2011–present. For a treatment of the first decade and a half, see § External links below.

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2011 January Bill Gates and Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi each donate $50 million to vaccinate children in Pakistan and Afghanistan against polio.[1][2]
2011 February 19 The Seattle Times runs a story on the Gates Foundation's involvement in funding journalism and media coverage of health-related topics. The article notes concern from various people on the bias in coverage resulting from such a large source of funding.[3]
2011 April 28 The Gates Foundation announces 88 new grants as part of its Grand Challenges Exploration program.[4]
2011 May 17 Bill Gates gives a speech to the sixty-fourth World Health Assembly.[5]
2011 June 4 The new Gates Foundation Seattle headquarters opens to the public for the first time.[6]
2011 June 13 Together with the governments of the United Kingdom and Liberia, the Gates Foundation hosts the first Gavi pledging conference. At the conference, donors commit $4.3 billion to Gavi.[7]
2011 July Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $87 million to Shared Learning Collaborative, LLC.[8] In February 2013, the grantee would rebrand itself to inBloom.[9] However, by April 2014 the project would end in failure.[10]
2011 July 19 Competition The Gates Foundation announces $41.5 million worth of grants to encourage innovation in toilet technology.[11][12]
2011 September The September 2011 issue of Alliance magazine is "Living with the Gates Foundation", with pieces covering the role of the foundation in philanthropy.[13]
2011 November The Gates Foundation awards $51 million to Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.[14]
2011 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $954 million to Gavi.[15]
2011 December Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $750 million to the Global Fund.[16] The grant is announced in January 2012.[17]
2012 Expansion The Gates Foundation opens a new office in Addis Ababa.[18]
2012 January 26 Op-ed Bill Gates writes the op-ed "The Truth About Foreign Aid" for The New York Times.[19]
2012 February 4 The Gates Foundation's public visitor center opens.[20]
2012 February 22 Op-ed Bill Gates writes the op-ed "Shame Is Not the Solution" for The New York Times, about teacher performance assessments.[21]
2012 March The Gates Foundation commits up to $220 million over five years to Aeras, a nonprofit that develops vaccines for tuberculosis.[22] The grant was apparently given in January.[23]
2012 April Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $89 million to the World Health Organization Nigeria Country Office.[24]
2012 July The London Summit on Family Planning takes place.[25] The summit results in Family Planning 2020, a set of commitments regarding contraceptives. The Gates Foundation is one of the core partners of the summit.[26]
2012 July 16 Leadership The Gates Foundation appoints Girindre Beeharry as director of the India office.[27]
2012 August 14–15 Competition The Gates Foundation hosts a two-day Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle, Washington.[28] On the first day of the fair, Bill Gates announces the winners of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.[29]
2012 September 13 Expansion The Gates Foundation signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government of Nigeria. This MOU allows the foundation to "establish a presence" (i.e. open an office) in Abuja, the capital. Sometime later in 2012, the foundation would open an office there.[30]
2012 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $59 million to PATH Vaccine Solutions.[31]
2012 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $50 million to the World Health Organization.[32]
2013 January Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $52 million to The One Campaign.[33]
2013 January Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $52 million to The Task Force for Global Health, Inc.[34]
2013 January 8 A Gates Foundation-funded study on how to evaluate teachers is published. The study is "a three-year, $45 million research project".[35]
2013 February Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $57 million to the Islamic Development Bank.[36]
2013 March Competition As part of its Grand Exploration Challenges, the Gates Foundation announces a competition to design a "next generation" condom.[37][38] By November the winners are announced.[39]
2013 April Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $204 million to the World Health Organization.[40]
2013 April Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $84 million to the United States Fund for UNICEF.[41]
2013 April 25 At the Global Vaccine Summit, Bill Gates seeks an additional $1.5 billion to eradicate polio by 2018.[42]
2013 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $63 million to the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund.[43]
2013 July Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $185 million to Medicines for Malaria Venture.[44]
2013 August 22 Competition The Gates Foundation announces the launch of Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: China.[45]
2013 September 10 Leadership Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Gates Foundation, announces that he is stepping down from his role at the foundation.[46][47]
2013 October Competition The Gates Foundation, together with the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and India's Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, launch Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India.[28]
2013 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $60 million to the World Health Organization.[48]
2013 November 12 The viral content website Upworthy announces its partnership with the Gates Foundation.[49][50]
2013 December 17 Leadership The Gates Foundation announces that it has selected Susan Desmond-Hellmann as its new CEO. Her start date would be May 1 the following year.[51]
2014 March Competition The Gates Foundation co-hosts (with the Government of India's Department of Biotechnology) the second Reinvent the Toilet Fair, held in New Delhi, India.[28]
2014 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $241 million to Gavi.[52]
2014 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $123 million to the United States Fund for UNICEF.[53]
2014 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $50 million to Calibr.[54]
2014 September Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $275 million to the World Health Organization.[55]
2014 September Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $156 million to PATH.[56]
2014 September Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $81 million to the Government of Japan "to procure OPV for the eradication of polio in Nigeria".[57]
2014 September Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $61 million to PATH Vaccine Solutions.[58]
2014 October Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $60 million to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative.[59]
2014 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $51 million to the World Health Organization Pakistan Country Office.[60]
2015 March 18 Op-ed Bill Gates writes the op-ed "How to Fight the Next Epidemic" for The New York Times.[61]
2015 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $164 million to Agence Française de Développement.[62]
2015 June Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $72 million to Emory University.[63]
2015 September Empowering Effective Teachers, a Gates Foundation-funded education program in Hillsborough County, Florida, reaches the end of its seven-year time frame. Reporting on the end of the program, Nonprofit Quarterly concludes that "there is little evidence that student outcomes are better because of this investment".[64]
2015 September Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $89 million to Novavax, Inc.[65]
2015 October Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $417 million to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.[66]
2015 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $145 million to Global Alliance for TB Drug Development.[67]
2015 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $78 million to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.[68]
2016 January Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $1.55 billion to Gavi.[69]
2016 April Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $100 million to the Islamic Development Bank.[70]
2016 May Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $79 million to the Government of Japan for "to support eradication of Polio in Pakistan".[71]
2016 May Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $75 million to Innovative Vector Control Consortium.[72]
2016 July Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $64 million to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.[73]
2016 October Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $210 million to the University of Washington Foundation.[74]
2016 November Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $284 million to the Global Fund.[75]
2016 December Bill Gates announces Breakthrough Energy Ventures, part of Breakthrough Energy Coalition.[76]
2017 March Grant The Gates Foundation awards a grant worth $200 million to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.[77]
2017 April The Indian government blocks Public Health Foundation of India, a public health nonprofit, from receiving money from foreign donors. This block prevents the organization from receiving funding from the Gates Foundation.[78][79]

Meta information on the timeline

How the timeline was built

The initial timeline was built by Issa Rice. Sources for events included:

  • Finding all grants worth at least $50 million
  • Gates Foundation history page, which lists a small number of events
  • Bill Gates's op-eds
  • Looking through Gates Foundation press releases to see if anything seemed important (over 200 press releases for the period of interest)
  • Using Google and Google News search with filtered time period to find events that received a lot of news coverage

What the timeline is still missing

  • A big picture section, once there is a clearer idea of what the foundation has been up to
  • More digging through Gates Foundation press releases page (only got to September 2012 working toward the present)
  • More digging through news coverage
  • More comprehensive coverage based on cause areas

See also

External links

References

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