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Global reach, local impact

The Topline: Annual Report Edition
Key data points and milestones featured in the Annual Report

🏢 3 obstacles are preventing cities from making progress at a moment of historic urbanization, writes Mike in his annual letter.

🌎 Our work in 700 cities and 150 countries is guided at every step by an approach unique to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Read more in the letter from our CEO Patti Harris.

🏭 More than 70% of U.S. coal plants have been retired since 2010.

🚭 69 countries now have smoke-free laws, up from 10 in 2007.

📊 More than 12,000 city staff members have been trained on ways to use data to improve residents’ lives.

🚸 Road intersections with Asphalt Art installations have seen a 50% decrease in crashes involving pedestrians.

📝 Nearly 65,000 new charter school seats are committed to open as we move toward a 150,000 seat goal.

🗽 The 1st federal gun safety law in 25 years passed in the U.S.

🏥 More than 975 medical students provided with debt relief at U.S. historically Black medical schools.

Summer classes to tackle learning loss in New York City. Women’s economic development in Kigali, Rwanda. Cultural partnerships in London. Decarbonizing buildings in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur — and more. Across our partners and programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies has been taking actions with global reach, and local impact.

Our focus on cities, always part of our unique approach, is especially important at this moment. The global population is moving into urban areas at an unprecedented rate. At the same time, mayors and local leaders are working to find solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. “By investing in mayors and local leaders, we can scale and spread change faster than ever — and help make this period of unprecedented urbanization a time of unprecedented global progress,” writes Mike in his Annual Letter on Philanthropy.


In addition to supporting cities, we also deepened commitments to longstanding priorities, like accelerating the clean energy transition, supporting public art and cultural institutions, reducing smoking, and preventing gun violence. And we launched new programs to help shrink the racial wealth gap, promote widespread student success, and ensure that local leaders have the ability to access historic U.S. funding opportunities for infrastructure and climate efforts.

All of that was driven by our unique approach — and led to meaningful progress for people around the world, which our CEO Patti Harris outlines in her Annual CEO letter.


Check out the full Annual Report to see the wide-ranging impact of our mission to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people: