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. Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change:

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 reduce 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 supports a maternal health and family planning program in developing countries, drowning prevention in Bangladesh, and in 2012 made a $100 million commitment to help eradicate polio worldwide.

Environment: In 2014, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Bloomberg as his Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities & Climate Change to engage cities and nations in creating more ambitious goals around climate change mitigation and adaptation. 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 in cities by supporting the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and transitioning our economy to cleaner energy sources by creating the Clean Energy Program – a portfolio that includes the Clean Energy Initiative and support for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies also committed $53 million to help curb over-fishing and keep our oceans thriving.

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. For instance, the Bloomberg Connects program supports digital projects, including state-of-the-art mobile apps and interactive galleries, at cultural institutions around the world to improve the visitor experience. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies launched the Public Art Challenge to support temporary public art projects that enrich the vibrancy of cities in the United States. 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. The organization also launched the College Access & Success Initiative to help as many as 65,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate- income students apply to, enroll in and graduate from top institutions by providing support and guidance.

Rising to the Challenge: Meet the Nine Winners of the Genesis Generation Challenge
Apr. 28, 2015
The Genesis Generation Challenge supports teams of young adults committed to making the world a better place through innovative projects guided by Jewish values.
Mike Bloomberg's Annual Letter on Philanthropy
Apr. 6, 2015 Bloomberg Philanthropies
We are committed to working with partners inside and outside government who are positioned to help us fulfill our mission: ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. In 2014, we found new opportunities to advance this mission in all five of our major areas of focus, and it was exciting to see some of that work firsthand.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian Government Launch Data for Health Initiative
Mar. 23, 2015
The Data for Health initiative seeks to provide governments, aid organizations, and public health leaders with tools and systems to better collect data - and use it to prioritize health challenges, develop policies, deploy resources, and measure success.
Mike Bloomberg Visits United Arab Emirates to Meet with Leaders in Public Health, Business and Government
Mar. 20, 2015
Earlier this week, Mike Bloomberg took his first trip to the United Arab Emirates, where he met with leaders in public health, business, and government, headlined by his appearance at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi.
Mike Bloomberg Presents the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control
Mar. 18, 2015
For the first time, we handed out awards for all six MPOWER categories - one award for every letter. This is a great testament to the progress we're making together.
Statement from Michael R. Bloomberg on Citi's Announcement to Fund Sustainable Growth
Feb. 19, 2015
Citi's decision to make $100 billion in new clean energy investments over the next decade is a great example of how carbon reduction and economic growth can go together - and how the private sector can play a leading role in tackling climate change.
Michael R. Bloomberg Highlights India's Economic Growth and Environmental Leadership During Visit to Subcontinent
Feb. 19, 2015
India's economy is booming, and the sustainability work happening in its largest cities is positioning the country to be a leader in the global fight against climate change.
Statement from Michael R. Bloomberg on Announcement of Partnership with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Advance India's Smart Cities Initiative
Feb. 16, 2015
It was an honor to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to continue our discussion on cities, responsive government, and sustainable growth.
Mike Bloomberg Kicks Off Genesis Generation Challenge
May. 22, 2014 The Genesis Prize
The Genesis Generation Challenge will strive to find the next big idea that would measurably better the world.
Bloomberg Philanthropies & U.S. Department of Commerce Host Inaugural "U.S.-Africa Business Forum"
May. 21, 2014
On August 5, 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce will co-host the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum.
Wall Street Journal: Bloomberg Giving Becoming More Global
Feb. 27, 2014
Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its Annual Update for 2013 and launched a new public health initiative in Bangladesh.
Mike Bloomberg's 2013 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.
Mike Bloomberg Launches Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa
Feb. 3, 2014 Bloomberg L.P.
Bloomberg announces $10 million commitment to support pan-African business and financial journalism and advance transparency, accountability and governance on the continent.
New Report Shows Extensive and Innovative Use of Public-Private Partnerships in New York City
Nov. 21, 2013 The Robin Hood Foundation
A dozen non-profit organizations working directly with NYC have raised more than $1.4 billion in philanthropic contributions collectively since 2002.
Mayor Bloomberg Receives the Clinton Global Citizen "Leadership in Public Service" Award
Sep. 26, 2013
The award embodies "President Bill Clinton's call to action by honoring outstanding individuals who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership."
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge in Europe
Sep. 24, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Mayors Challenge will inspire European cities to come up with bold ideas that solve major problems and improve city life - and that ultimately can be shared with other cities.
Mayor Bloomberg Presents 12th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards
Jul. 15, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg presented the 2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards to recipients from all five boroughs for their outstanding impact on New York City's neighborhoods.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Arts Engagement Initiative to Enhance Visitor Experiences Through Mobile Platforms
Jun. 20, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the expansion of the Bloomberg Arts Engagement Initiative that provides support for mobile technology intended to increase access to the arts and enhance visitor experiences through technology.
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.
WHO Releases Report on Road Safety Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mar. 14, 2013
Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world's population, have comprehensive road safety laws, according to a new World Health Organization report funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
.@EPA’s closure of Clean Air Act loopholes is a huge victory for environmental justice.
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