University funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — UniversityPhilanthropy.com

In 2020, we undertook a review of Gates Foundation donations from 2014-18 based on the Foundation’s PF-990 tax filings. In August 2021 – and with the publication of new data provided by the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) about Gates Foundation giving – we have undertaken a ten-year review of its university funding. The world’s largest private foundation has disbursed over $11.6bn in funding to 471 universities and higher education institutions in 66 countries over the past 10 years. According to the IATI data around 17% of Gates giving in the past decade ($67.8bn) has gone directly to universities and higher education institutions. It is a major funder of universities globally. Giving to universities is heavily weighted to North American and Western European institutions.

  • The Gates Foundation has awarded $11.6bn in funding to 471 universities and higher education institutions in 66 countries over the past 10 years.
  • The number of beneficiaries jumped 44% from 151 in 2010 to 218 in 2019.
University funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — UniversityPhilanthropy.com