Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is Michael and Susan Dell’s family foundation, established in 1999. The foundation is based in Austin, Texas and has offices in both India and South Africa.

The Dell Foundation is inspired by its founders’ shared desire to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty.

The Dell Foundation provided USD 60.3 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities and programme-related investments. Compared to 2019, this amount increased by 69% in real terms, mainly due to extraordinary contributions in the context of its COVID-19 response.

Grants represented 76% of the Dell Foundation’s gross disbursements while the remainder was extended as common equity and shares in collective investment vehicles as well as standard loans. On a net disbursement basis, the Dell Foundation’s development finance amounted to USD 59.9 million.

In 2020, the Dell Foundation provided USD 45.7 million of its total contributions for the COVID-19 response, representing 76% of its total gross bilateral development finance. Furthermore, 39% of total gross development finance was provided as health expenditure within the COVID-19 response.

In 2020, the Dell Foundation did not channel any of its contributions through the multilateral system.

In 2020, the Dell Foundation channelled its grants mostly through non-governmental organisations and the (for-profit) private sector.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions and technical assistance.

In 2020, the Dell Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on Asia (USD 27 million) and Africa (USD 12.9 million), accounting respectively for 45% and 21% of gross bilateral contributions. Thirty-four per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2020, mainly including multi-regional programmes.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Dell Foundation’s grants included India and South Africa.

Around two-thirds of the Dell Foundation’s development finance in 2020 was allocated to middle-income countries, noting that 34% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 83% of the Dell Foundation’s contributions were allocated to social infrastructure and services and 17% to economic infrastructure and services. In terms of sectors, the Dell Foundation’s largest allocations went to health and population policies, education, and financial and business services.

In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Dell Foundation committed most of its contributions to SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being) of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Official website: www.dell.org

The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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