Mike Bloomberg has always believed in the power of philanthropy to change people's lives for the better. Mike's parents instilled the principles of public service and giving back in him from a young age, and those same principles have guided him throughout his life. That's why he has committed so much of his time, energy and resources to the causes he believes in through Bloomberg Philanthropies. To date, he has donated more than $2.4 billion to a wide variety of causes and organizations. In 2011, $330 million was distributed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, placing Mike in the top five of The Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of America's top 50 philanthropists.
Bloomberg Philanthropies refers to all of Mike's charitable activities, including his personal giving and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.
About these initiatives:
Public Health: Includes an investment of over $600 million in combatting the growing number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases by reducing global tobacco use; an investment in global road safety and a program in Tanzania to improve Maternal Health.
Environment: Serving as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Mike Bloomberg is working with the world’s largest cities to implement climate mitigation programs that will help reduce their green house gas emissions (GHGs); and an investment in the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign to help eliminate one-third of the nation’s top polluting coal plants by 2020.
Government Innovation: Includes investments to spread proven and promising ideas between cities, including the Innovation Delivery Team program to help mayors drive bold reform, as well as an investment in New York City’s efforts to improve outcomes for black and Hispanic young men.
Arts: Includes an investment in strengthening NYC arts and cultural organizations, which includes a world-class management training program for our 250 grantees, as well as a recent partnership with New York City tech start-up SeatGeek to make the unique New York cultural arts experience discoverable in a new, dynamic way.
Education: Includes targeted efforts to strengthen leadership within school communities and advance good public policy at the federal, state, and local levels.
Mike Bloomberg continues to be inspired by the generosity of others and hopes to encourage that same spirit of giving, whether it is money or talent or time, just as his parents did for him.
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.
How to End Maternal Mortality
Oct. 2, 2012 Bloomberg Philanthropies
An innovative maternal health program in Tanzania funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies is projected to impact at least 50,000 mothers and their children over the next three years.
Fracking is Too Important to Foul Up
Aug. 23, 2012 Washington Post
The production of shale gas through fracking is the most significant development in the U.S. energy sector in generations.
Cities of Service Launches New $2 Million Impact Volunteering Fund
Jun. 17, 2012 CitiesofService.org
The Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund is a $2 million fund administered by Cities of Service and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use impact volunteering to tackle pressing local challenges. Grant sizes will range from $25,000 to $100,000 with larger amounts reserved for cities with multiple initiatives.