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Founder’s Projects

Improving lives worldwide

Bloomberg Philanthropies is always looking for unique ways to change people’s lives for the better. In addition to the five main focus areas, Mike Bloomberg has a special passion for addressing national and international issues that emerge from his personal experience in business, government, and philanthropy. The Founder’s Projects tackle these issues.

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Women’s Economic Development

Bloomberg Philanthropies is committed to the core belief that women are central to economic growth. The Women’s Economic Development program partners with governments, nonprofits, and the private sector to create opportunities for women that lead to economic independence.

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Women enrolled in Bloomberg Philanthropies funded training programs.

The Greenwood Initiative

During his campaign for president, Mike Bloomberg rolled out an ambitious plan, called The Greenwood Initiative, to tackle the racial wealth gap and address decades of underinvestment in Black communities. Bloomberg Philanthropies has since taken on the plan’s objectives, supporting partners and institutions that have proven track records of increasing economic and social mobility to fulfill the initiative’s mission of creating intergenerational wealth for Black people in America.

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Howard University College of Medicine student Micah Brown is one of the many future doctors who will have had their futures changed by a $100 million commitment to the United States’ four historically Black medical schools.

Johns Hopkins University

Mike Bloomberg’s special commitment to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater, has been transformative, supporting scientific research and providing financial aid for students from low- and middle-income families. Since his first donation of $5 in 1964, Mike Bloomberg’s total giving to the university has reached more than $3.3 billion.

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Student Jay Lawrence on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Jay is a graduate of the Bloomberg Philanthropies CollegePoint program.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

In 2006, Mike Bloomberg became the chair of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the country’s principal institution to honor the memories of the victims, preserve the history, and explore the complex impact of the 9/11 attacks. During his time as mayor, Mike and his administration spearheaded the planning and development of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

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The symbolic “Last Column,” a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, stands near the slurry wall that held back the Hudson River from the site.
The symbolic “Last Column,” a steel beam from one of the World Trade Center towers, stands near the slurry wall that held back the Hudson River from the site.

Perelman Performing Arts Center

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center is designed to be a unique venue for theater, dance, music, and chamber opera, offering artists new possibilities for theatrical design and innovative work. The Perelman is the final piece of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and will be completed in late 2022.

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Rendering of the upcoming Perelman Performing Arts Center in downtown Manhattan, a new multidisciplinary venue offering opportunities to create and present original work in theater, dance, music, and chamber opera.
Rendering of the upcoming Perelman Performing Arts Center in downtown Manhattan, a new multidisciplinary venue offering opportunities to create and present work in theater, dance, music, and chamber opera. Design Architect REX, Executive Architect Davis Brody Bond, Image Luxigon/The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center

The Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Medford Public Library Foundation announced that the new public library being constructed in the City of Medford would be named the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library in honor of Mike Bloomberg and Marjorie Bloomberg Tiven’s parents.

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A rendering of the future Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library by Schwartz/Silver Architects.

Disaster Relief

Drawing on years of experience forming public-private partnerships and mobilizing resources, Bloomberg Philanthropies quickly and effectively responds to natural disasters in the U.S. Virgin Islands and around the world.

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Mike Bloomberg carries boxes of supplies in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the hurricanes of 2017.
Mike Bloomberg joined volunteers including Bloomberg L.P. co-founder Tom Secunda in the U.S. Virgin Islands to deliver supplies following the devastation of the hurricanes in 2017.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provides small business owners with business education, support services, and access to capital.

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Mike Bloomberg joins a cohort of graduating students in Baltimore’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in partnership with Bloomberg.

Everytown for Gun Safety

Everytown for Gun Safety is America’s largest gun violence prevention organization. Co-founded by Mike Bloomberg, it brings together nearly six million supporters who push for common-sense public safety policies that respect Second Amendment rights and reduce gun violence.

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Mike Bloomberg joins Everytown and Moms Demand Action advocates in Las Vegas, NV for a local rally.
Mike Bloomberg joins Everytown and Moms Demand Action advocates in Las Vegas, NV for a local rally.

Top photo: Local students attend the dedication ceremony of the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center at the Boston Science Museum, named in honor of Mike Bloomberg’s late parents.