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

Philanthropy: Gates and Chan Zuckerberg foundations commit $12M to learning initiatives
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's Chan Zuckerberg Initiative joined forces with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to invest $12 million over...more

Philanthropy 50: biggest private givers in 2016
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation

John McLeod, co-founder of the JBWere Philanthropic Services division and author of the Philanthropy 50 list, suspects it is only a matter of...more

Gates Foundation invested $545 million in the Seattle area last year
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates founded the Gates Foundation. ... That includes $327 million in grants that went directly to regional organizations such...more

Neglected No More? The Fight Against NTDs Picks Up
Foundation: Gates Foundation

While NTDs are no longer what one would consider an overlooked area of global philanthropy, this grouping of diseases is referred to as...more

Melinda Gates Crushes Conservative Myth About Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

As the rich get richer and privatization of public functions becomes a rallying cry of conservatives in power, many believe that billionaires...more

Foundation funds four innovative community colleges to help improve outcomes among low ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

"By assisting community colleges in building the foundational capacity to launch ... Under the grant, participating institutions will receive full access...more

When Tech Isn't the Answer: Philanthropy and Refugee Education
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

The unrelenting conflict in Syria has spiraled into its seventh year. The war has taken the lives of close to half a million people. Over twelve million,...more

Major National Grant Helps Community Colleges Build Capacity for Next Generation Coaching and ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Pioneering student success company, InsideTrack, today announced its selection as part of a new initiative to improve student outcomes at four...more

Warren Buffett's foundation will devote $90 million to supporting girls of color
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Warren Buffett does most of his philanthropic giving through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — eradicating diseases and supporting...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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