Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation was founded on December 1994 and was first named as the William H. Gates Foundation. The main focus of the foundation were global health and community needs in the Pacific North west.

In October 2006, the foundation created two trust structure called Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which distributes grant money, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust which manages endowment assets.

The foundation believes that every life has an equal value. They work to help all people lead a healthy life. In developing countries, they focus on the improvement of people's health and lifting them out of hunger and poverty. In the United States, they seek to ensure that people have access to opportunities that would lead them to succeed in school and in life.

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Recent News from Gates Foundation

Brainstorm Health: Gates Foundation and Gene Tech, Glaxo Snags Sin, Flesh-Eating Bacteria
Foundation: Gates Foundation

(bringing the total to about $2 billion in grants in that specific effort). One striking part of Gates' financial activism is his enthusiasm for hot new technologies to fuel the public health cause;...more

Obscure funding sources for EMS departments
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

I live in Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation is now one of the largest community foundations in the country, based on assets. It began in 1978 with $200 and is now manages...more

Bill Gates Is Pouring Another $1 Billion Into the Fight Against Malaria
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation has committed $1.6 billion to the Global Fund and nearly $2 billion in grants to combat malaria to date. Most recently, the foundation awarded a $1.4 million grant to the Wistar...more

How The Ford Foundation Is Investing In Black Prosperity And, Ironically, Jared Kushner
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation

There's an entire economic sector that the typical American doesn't pay much attention to, but it's a part of our society that funds much of the activism and community service efforts that we see in...more

CSU Secures Philanthropic Support for Graduation Initiative 2025
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Stupski Foundation, James Irvine Foundation , Irvine Foundation

Newswise — The California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office has secured more than $3 million in philanthropic support for Graduation Initiative 2025. The CSU actively sought grants from...more

TED's Audacious Project names five projects to split $250 million in grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Skoll Foundation

ImpactAlpha, April 12 – The successor to the TED Prize has raised $250 million from the Skoll Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Virgin Unite, the Dalio Foundation and others...more

The Audacious Project Is TED's New $250 Million Fund To Power Social Change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

These are the five projects TED is launching through its new $250 million philanthropic initiative, The Audacious Project. Each year, the ... The idea is to bring the aggregate funding model of the...more

Corporate Social Responsibility Can Actually Be a Competitive Advantage, So Where's Your CSR ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In these politically turbulent times, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is growing in importance, putting more pressure on...more

American workforce hijacked by corporations
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation

These are meaningful jobs, but their funding structure is based on philanthropic foundations and individual donations. Philanthropic foundations that fund the nonprofit world are built off the wealth...more

SoftBank, Salesforce and Orange signal corporate venture capital's tilt towards impact investing
Foundation: Gates Foundation

ImpactAlpha, April 10 – Corporate venture capital investing hit all-time high last year. This year, it's tilting toward impact. Take last week's mega solar deals from the $93 billion SoftBank...more

Illustrative Grants from Gates Foundation

United Way of King County - $1,500,000

University of California Berkeley Foundation - $250,000

Education Writers Association - $960,962

Business-Higher Education Forum - $910,000

Higher Education Policy Institute - $5,384,226

Center For Law And Social Policy - $400,000

Building Changes - $750,000

Building Changes - $5,383,920

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance - $335,508

MDRC - $13,000,000

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