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 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 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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate $100 Million to End Polio Forever
Feb. 28, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
The donation will help fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's (GPEI) six year plan to eradicate polio.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Fan Selection for Mayors Challenge
Feb. 20, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Citizens can vote for their favorite idea among the 20 Mayors Challenge finalists.
Mayor Bloomberg Weighs in on UN’s New Millennium Development Goals
Feb. 1, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mike Bloomberg recently submitted a brief to the United Nations panel drafting a Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Mike Bloomberg Commits $350 Million to Johns Hopkins
Jan. 26, 2013 Johns Hopkins University
The total commitment - the largest ever to the university - lifts Bloomberg's lifetime giving to Johns Hopkins beyond $1 billion.
1.6 Billion People Now Covered Globally By New or Improved Road Safety Laws
Jan. 18, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies released its first progress report on its Global Road Safety Program, a five-year, $125 million investment to reduce preventable road traffic deaths and injuries.
"Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards Financial Empowerment Center Grants
Jan. 8, 2013 Bloomberg Philanthropies
Investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Project Will Help Low-Income Families and Individuals Reduce Debt and Build Assets
Cities of Service to Help 18 Cities Implement Volunteer Strategies
Oct. 17, 2012 Cities of Service
Grants from the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund will support mayors who are harnessing the power of volunteers.
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