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

We've all heard of Bill Gates, but why are so few UK philanthropists well known?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Buffet's son Peter, however, has been an outspoken critic of what he has described as “conscience laundering” through big philanthropic donations. “Philanthropy has become the 'it' vehicle to...more

Philanthropic Funding for HIV/AIDS Reached Highest Level to Date in 2016 According to New ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, on the heels of World AIDS Day, Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) released its 15th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. The...more

A Philanthropic Sea Change, Or Is It a Tsunami?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

There is a not-so-quiet storm brewing in the structure of philanthropy. From 1911 when the Carnegie Foundation was established through the beginning of the 21stcentury when the Gates Foundation was...more

Alliance magazine | December 2017 issue | Philanthropy and the media
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... focusing on philanthropy and the media. In the special feature Alliance editor, Charles Keidan and guest editor, Miguel Castro of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explore the...more

Government crackdown on foreign donations could have catastrophic impact, charities say
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In total, 24 organisations responded, saying in the past financial year they received just under $450 million per year in grants and philanthropic income ... He said while it was certainly not a...more

Network Power: Giving Circles Are on the Rise and Engaging New Voices
Foundation: Gates Foundation

When it comes to engaging women and people of color, giving circles have been more successful than institutional philanthropy and are on the rise, a recent study found. The Gates and Charles Mott...more

Paying in Full
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation

Philanthropic leaders, however, you've answered that “why,” we'd like to put forward that the root of the gap between what we envisioned and reality is .... previous article, “Shifting...more

George Soros: The Bogeyman of Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations

Stories of Soros as philanthropic bogeyman are clearly symptomatic of the current political moment. The vastness and the viciousness of the partisan divide, coupled with the general suspicion of...more

African innovators tackling malaria scourge –Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

These include the Grand Challenges Africa Grants, which this year partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide $7m in grants over the next five years for scientific...more

Newly-formed Whidbey Community Foundation supports the nonprofit sector
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The foundation essentially facilitates the nonprofit sector by offering guidance, investment management and by providing a directory that lists all Whidbey-based nonprofits alphabetically. The...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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