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

How The Giving Habits Of The Super Rich Are Changing
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

... the issues that they care about," says Melissa A. Berman, president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit philanthropic advisory...more

Gates's Gifts Open Path for Bezos to Seize Top Billionaire Spot
Foundation: Gates Foundation

But if Gates weren't so philanthropic, it wouldn't even be close. ... Bezos, 53, is just starting to focus on philanthropy, and in June tweeted a request...more

What hundreds of American public libraries owe to Carnegie's disdain for inherited wealth
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York

As a pioneer of the kind of large-scale American philanthropy now practiced by the likes of Bill Gates and George Soros, he espoused a...more

Plugging the Gap: What Are Funders Doing to Respond to the Global Gag Rule?
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Packard Foundation

Buffett rarely plays a hands-on role in philanthropy, beyond dispatching annual installments of Berkshire Hathaway stock to the Gates Foundation...more

FFAR board to ask for flexibility in grant allocations
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Marcia DeLonge of the Union of Concerned Scientists urges the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research to undertake projects in...more

Exclusive: Abu Dhabi, Gates officials offer new details of partnership
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The outlines of Abu Dhabi's role include the emirate's ability to convene philanthropic, private sector, and government partners; advocate politically...more

Danforth Center looks to the future of ethanol on a hot planet
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In January, for instance, the center was awarded a collaborative $6.1 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to improve varieties of the crop...more

PnuVax Receives $29.4M Grant for Pneumonia Vaccine
Foundation: Gates Foundation

“Children are still dying of preventable diseases such as pneumonia worldwide, largely due to high dosage costs and supply shortages that can...more

PnuVax Receives Grant to Advance Pneumonia Vaccine
Foundation: Gates Foundation

A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will advance PnuVax's pneumonia vaccine's clinical development and biomanufacturing...more

Kenyan innovators get grants to tackle health issues
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Kenyan innovators get grants to tackle health issues ... and Melinda Gates Foundation and Institut Pasteur of Paris, is funding innovations that will...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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Y Life Teaches Students about Philanthropy
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