Bloomberg Philanthropies has five key areas on which the organization focuses most of their funding:
The organization notes that by focusing on these five areas, they can ensure better and longer lives for the greatest amount of people. Bloomberg Philanthropies works on a wide range of issues and donates and funds a diverse range of projects within each funding area. The foundation offers both funding and community services to the public in each funding area. The driving force behind many of the health initiatives Mike Bloomberg is passionate about funding and projects that work in tobacco control, obesity health projects, road safety and mental health.
The foundation operates on a national level in the United States, as well as at a local and state level in education and government innovation. Many of the environmental and public health grants are disbursed on a global scale in developing nations.
Bloomberg Philanthropies support in their five key operating areas is further segmented into support for the following causes in each area:
Environmental Causes: The foundation is focused on making a difference by combating climate change and supporting projects that promote clean and renewable energy sources.
Public Health: The Bloomberg Philanthropies public health program is lead by epidemiologist Kelly J. Henning. Key areas of support include reducing tobacco use, road safety, the eradication of polio worldwide, obesity programs and a global focus on women’s health and reproductive health services in Africa and Latin America.
Education: The foundation works primarily at a local level supporting programs that seek to change public policy and improve the public-school system in the United States.
Government Innovation: Bloomberg Philanthropies supports several initiatives aimed at fostering innovation in America’s cities. Latterly, the foundation has increased the reach of this initiative with the 2016 Mayors Challenge that included Latin America and the Caribbean.
Arts & Culture: Focused mainly on large scale projects in New York City and other metropolitan areas, Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched several public art programs and made large donations to national arts programs.
The foundation works exclusively through key partners to identify programs that may be awarded grants. The foundation does not work directly with individuals and grant proposals are by invitation only
Bloomberg Philanthropies also work with several strategic partners including the World Health Organization, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, H&B Agerup Foundation and EMBARQ. Strategic partnerships are a key component to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since 2006 the foundation has made many large donations to programs in focus areas as follows: