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’ passion for children and by a shared desire to transform the lives of children living in urban poverty.

The Dell Foundation disbursed USD 35 million for development in 2019. Compared to 2018, this amount represents an increase by 11% in real terms. Grants and direct charitable activities represented 54% of the Dell Foundation’s gross disbursements; the remainder was extended as common equity and shares in collective investment vehicles.

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In 2019, the Dell Foundation channelled its development finance mostly through the private sector (46%) and non-governmental organisations (31%).

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In 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) received USD 11 million of gross disbursements, all of which was channelled through CSOs to implement projects initiated by the provider (earmarked funding). CSOs based in developing countries received 87% of the Dell Foundation’s allocations channelled to/through CSOs.

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In 2019, the Dell Foundation’s development finance was focused on Asia and Africa. USD 24 million was allocated to Asia and USD 11 million to Africa, accounting respectively for 69% and 31% of its gross disbursements.

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Bilateral private development finance by recipient country

In 2019, the Dell Foundation allocated its development finance to three countries, namely India, South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Almost all of the Dell Foundation’s development finance benefited middle-income countries in 2019.

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Note: LMIC: lower middle-income country; UMIC: upper middle-income country.

In 2019, most of the Dell Foundation’s development finance was allocated to social infrastructure and services. Contributions in this area accounted for 89% of its development finance (USD 31 million), showing a strong focus on education and employment creation. The remaining share of development finance in 2019 (11%) related to banking and financial services under economic infrastructure and services.

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In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Dell Foundation streamlined its development finance towards reduced inequalities, mainly contributing to decent work & economic growth and quality education.

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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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