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2021 Annual Report: Face the Data. Change the World.

May 4, 2022

This annual report details the ambitious projects Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported in the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation, Public Health, and the Greenwood Initiative, which aims to accelerate the pace of Black wealth accumulation, as well as special Founder's Projects and Bloomberg Associates, a pro bono consultancy that works in cities around the world. This work spanned 941 cities and 173 countries to save and improve lives. At the beginning of 2021, everyone was hopeful that the year would bring a "return to normal." But as the most urgent challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic began to slowly recede, it was all too clear that we needed to aspire to something better. That was especially apparent in areas where Covid-19 had increased the severity of existing issues — leading to a surge in overdose deaths, causing disastrous learning loss for students who were falling behind well before the pandemic, revealing the tragic consequences of a health care system that is rife with racial inequity, and much more.

Funding Socioeconomic Diversity at High Performing Colleges and Universities

February 15, 2017

With finite budgets and multiple priorities, institutions limit the funds they allocate to need-based aid and other programs that support low- and moderate-income students. Yet even with those constraints, some top-performing colleges and universities have enhanced their commitment to serving low- and moderate-income students, and have found the financial means to do so. This paper profiles five such institutions: Franklin & Marshall College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Richmond, University of Texas at Austin, and Vassar College. The paper reviews increases in aid, support, and opportunity at these schools, and highlights strategies that each has pursued to reallocate funds in ways that are financially sustainable, maximally effective, and broadly supported by institutional stakeholders.

What Works Cities Brief: The City Hall Data Gap

March 9, 2016

This report identifies the challenges and opportunities for closing the gap between cities' desire to use data in decision making and actual ability to do so. The report finds that city leaders nationwide want to use data, evidence and evaluation to address challenges such as safety, economic development, and affordable housing, however many lack the resources, tools and expertise to turn their data into solutions. Findings were based on an analysis from The Bridgespan Group of detailed conversations with 39 cities visited by What Works Cities and supported by applications submitted by 115 cities, which represents 40 percent of mid-sized cities in the United States. The analysis found that Mayors are eager to use data and evidence in decision making, but are hindered by a huge gap in know-how. Findings show that very few City Halls have structures in place to analyze and act on the information they have in ways that can help them to transform local government, for example:* Public Engagement: 81% of cities have engaged the public on a strategic goal, but just 19% publicly communicate their progress on meeting that goal.* Releasing Data: 72% have invested in a tool or platform to release data to the public, but only 18% have an established process for regularly releasing data publicly. * Performance Management: 64% of cities have a performance management program to track progress toward key goals, while 30% have a process in place for analyzing and following up on the information.* Taking Action: 70% are committed to using data and evidence to make decisions, but just 28% modify existing programs based on the results of evaluations. Although the report relies on data obtained by applicant cities, and not cities selected at random, it provides a meaningful representation of the state of practice in mid-sized cities. The report's findings indicate that assisting cities in developing these tools and expertise could unlock their potential to innovate, enhance decision-making and improve residents' lives.

Executive Summary for Investing for Sustainable Global Fisheries

January 15, 2016

This publication is an Executive Summary of Investing for Sustainable Global Fisheries. This summary provides a brief overview of the work that was undertaken, a description of each Investment Blueprint, and some of the critical findings from the work. At the heart of each Investment Blueprint lies a proposed set of fishery management improvements and profitable investments that seek to have positive ecological and social impacts. On the ecological side, the goals are to maintain or restore fish stocks, reduce bycatch of nontarget species, and protect and restore marine habitat. On the social side, the goals are to improve fisher livelihoods, empower local communities, and contribute to local and regional food security.

Bloomberg Philanthropies: Annual Report

April 6, 2015

The Bloomberg Annual Report 2015 assess its philanthropic activies worldwide. Bloomberg Philanthropies focus on five key areas for creating lasting change: arts, education, the environment, government innovation, and public health.

A Time for Action: Mobilizing Philanthropic Support for Boys and Young Men of Color

June 5, 2014

This executive summary provides a plan to maximize the potential of the private sector to work collectively with the public sector to improve life outcomes for America's boys and young men of color. The report outlines goals, identifies strategies for achieving those goals, and announces key initiatives and funding partnerships. [KEY FINDINGS]Goal 1: All boys and young men of color are health--socially, emotionally, mentally, behaviorally, and physically.Goal 2: All boys and young men of color are taught in rigorous, effective, culturally relevant, engaging, and supportive school environment.Goal 3: All boys and young men of color graduate from high school and postsecondary education prepared for success in their careers.Goal 4: Boys and young men of color's exposure to harm from the juvenile and criminal justice systems is dramatically reduced.Cross-sector strategies to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color include promoting youth leadership; changing harmful stereotypes; expanding place-based efforts; and building a pipeline of data, research, and innovation.

Leading the Worldwide Movement to Improve Road Safety

January 10, 2013

Bloomberg Philanthropies' $125 million, five-year Global Road Safety program is aimed at reducing preventable road traffic deaths and injuries in ten countries through initiatives including increased seat-belt and helmet usage, reduced speed limits, drinking and driving enforcement, and improvements in road infrastructure and sustainable transport.This midway status report finds that 1.6 billion people are now covered globally by new or improved laws in road safety. The early accomplishments are focused in the following target countries: Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam.

Social Investment Report: A Look at Women for Women International

September 1, 2012

This document presents a social investment report. in 2009, Bloomberg Philanthropies and NoVo Foundation partnered to make a significant joint investment in Women for Women International to support the economic empowerment of women survivors of war. They engaged KPMG to assist them in better understanding the impact the WfWI programs in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can create for women and girls and identify the leverage points for continued investment in this and similar projects. Methods included key informant interviews and a review of "corroborating data".