Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health.
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.
About the initiatives:
Public Health: Invested 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, such as the Innovation Delivery Team program to help mayors drive bold reform, Cities of Service to promote impact volunteerism, and 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 245 grantees, as we all a recent partnership with VaynerMedia to help our grantees utilize social media to broaden their audiences and expand their marketing.
Education: Includes targeted efforts to strengthen leadership within school communities and advance good public policy at the federal, state, and local levels.