Countdown to History! New funds from Gates
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged more matching funds to Rotary International for polio eradication.
At the Rotary International convention in Atlanta Bill Gates announced that, starting 1 July, his Foundation will extend its 2-to-1 match to cover up to $50 million in donations to Rotary for each of the next three years. The match and donations to Rotary will add up to $150 million per year over the next three years, which will add up to $450 million to complete eradication. We are counting down to making history!
Of course it is essential that we in Rotary donate our $50 million per year to seccure the Gates match. A great challenge!
Other pledges have also been announced:
Pakistan Government: $155 million
Nigerian government:$135 million
Canadina Government:$75 million
European Commission: $64 million
Japanese Government: $55 milllion
UAE: $30 million
Dalio Founation: $30 million
Bloomberg Philanthropies: $25 million
Anonymous: $15 million
German Government: $11 million
Easyjet: $5 million
Korean Government: $5 million
Italian government: $5 million
Donations from Switzerland, Malta, Luxembourg, UNICEF, Monaco, Turkey and Spain.
Total $1.2 billion