Mike Bloomberg has always believed in the power of philanthropy to change people's lives for the better. His commitment to giving back — as a way to improve lives and catalyze societal change — grew out of the values he learned from his parents and from his experience as an Eagle Scout.
Mike Bloomberg has pledged to give away the majority of his wealth to charitable causes he believes in, and has already donated more than $1 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.
Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Mike Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his personal and foundation giving. In 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $452 million primarily to advance the following five focus areas:
Public Health: In order to save and improve the most lives, Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on addressing the world’s leading causes of death – many of which are preventable. To combat tobacco use, road traffic crashes, obesity and other major health risk factors, Bloomberg Philanthropies supports proven strategies and strengthened public health policies around the globe. The organization also funds a maternal health and family planning program, and in 2012 made a $100 million commitment to help eradicate polio worldwide.
Environment: Bloomberg Philanthropies works to reduce carbon emissions, air and water pollution and other environmental threats that could potentially have severe negative impacts on the planet, public health and our global economy. The organization focuses on spurring change at the local level by supporting the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to help cities around the globe reduce their carbon footprints, and partnering with the Sierra Club to retire one-third of the U.S. coal fleet by 2020. Bloomberg Philanthropies also committed $53 million to help revitalize the world’s oceans.
Government Innovation: Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on helping cities and city leaders develop and spread new, innovative strategies for improving city life and tackling difficult challenges – from crime to unemployment. The program includes investments to scale-up successful programs piloted in New York City under the Bloomberg administration, as well as the Mayors Challenge – a prize competition inviting cities to generate bold ideas for a chance to win funding and support.
Arts: The Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts program works to increase access to culture and strengthen and empower artists and cultural organizations to reach broader audiences. Bloomberg Philanthropies sponsors new digital projects, including state-of-the-art mobile apps, at cultural institutions around the country and the globe to improve the visitor experience. The organization also supports ArtPlace, a public-private partnership to invest in the arts as a strategy to drive community development.
Education: Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to improve education in America by supporting a number of efforts to drive important reforms and improve student outcomes. Current initiatives include a fellowship program to identify and empower effective educators and school leaders, a new assessment to help U.S. high schools measure and compare their performance to other countries for the first time, and efforts to strengthen education policies at the local, state and national levels.
Mike Bloomberg's Annual Letter on Philanthropy
Feb. 26, 2014 Bloomberg Philanthropies
As the world's population continues to grow, so will the scale of our challenges. Bloomberg Philanthropies is fully committed to tackling those challenges head-on.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Launch of New Website
Apr. 30, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies launched a new website featuring the first comprehensive look at all programs and initiatives in the organization's five key focus areas including Public Health, Environment, Education, Government Innovation and the Arts.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Mayors Challenge Winners
Mar. 13, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Providence was presented the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for Innovation and a $5 million implementation award for its cutting-edge early education initiative. Mayors Challenge innovation prizes also were awarded to Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, and Santa Monica, all of which will receive $1 million to support implementation.