Mike Bloomberg has always believed in the power of philanthropy to change people's lives for the better. Mike's parents instilled in him the principles of public service and giving back early on—and he has been guided by those same principles 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.
Mike has pledged to give away the majority of his wealth to various charitable causes, and has already donated more than $1 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.
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.
In 2012, $370 million was distributed by Bloomberg Philanthropies across its areas of focus:
Public Health: Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on extending life spans by addressing preventable causes of death, such as tobacco-related illnesses and traffic incidents. The organization also funds a maternal health program in Tanzania, and in 2012 made a $100 million commitment to help eradicate polio.
Environment: The Bloomberg Philanthropies environment program works to reduce pollution from energy use and production. The organization partners with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign to help retire one-third of America's polluting coal plants by 2020. Mike also serves as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which works to implement climate mitigation programs in the world's major cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
Government Innovation: Combining Mike's innovative spirit and public service experience, the Government Innovation program helps cities develop new, replicable ways of tackling difficult problems. The program includes investments to spread proven and promising ideas between cities, including the Innovation Delivery Team initiative to help mayors drive bold reform, and the Mayors Challenge, which awards millions of dollars to cities with the most innovative ideas.
Arts: The Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts program provides small and mid-size arts organizations with funding as well as management training. The organization is also a funder of Art Place, which uses the arts to improve communities. Finally, the Bloomberg Arts Engagement Initiative provides funding for world-class arts institutions to develop mobile applications for visitors.
Education: The Bloomberg Philanthropies education program targets efforts to strengthen leadership within school communities and advance good public policy at the federal, state, and local levels.
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.