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

The Critical Country: Foundations and the Struggle for Nigeria
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society Foundations

American foundations have sought to improve life in Nigeria—Africa's most populous country—for at least half a century, with the Ford Foundation...more

Vaxess Wins $6M in Gates Foundation Grants toward Vaccine Delivery Platform
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Vaxess Technologies said today it has won two grants totaling $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation toward developing the...more

Vaxess Technologies Receives Grants Totaling $6 Million to Develop Microneedle Vaccines for ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The first grant from the Gates Foundation of roughly $3 million represents Phase I of a multi-stage Grand Challenges grant to support the...more

Gates Foundation grant boosts malaria research program
Foundation: Gates Foundation

An international team, including researchers at Penn State, have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda...more

Philanthropy vs. Blindness: What's the Latest?
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation

Recently, the MacArthur Foundation announced that two of is eight semi-finalists for a special $100 million grant were organizations fighting...more

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's focus on philanthropy is as sharp as on markets
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Billionaire investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala says his primary philanthropic focus areas have been nutrition and education. Jhunjhunwala is...more

Problem in India is we're always looking for a big bang solution: Swades Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Zarina: I have two interests in life—one is philanthropy, the other philosophy. ... Zarina: We may be a philanthropic organization, but we don't think...more

For Scout Foundation wins second place in #MyGivingStory Campaign
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Felicity established the For Scout Foundation within the Community Foundation to honor the life of her daughter, Scout, and to support...more

Impact Investing and Venture Philanthropy's Role in Sowing the Seeds of Financial Opportunity
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Since philanthropic foundations are established and controlled by billionaires whose wealth and power is derived from human exploitation...more

Foundation: Gates Foundation

BILL AND MELINDA GATES: PHILANTHROPY WITH AN IMPACT. “The best investment any of us can ever make is in the lives of others.” Bill...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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Three Philanthropic Families Ensure Legacy of Super Bowl

Three Philanthropic Families Ensure Legacy of Super Bowl
The Tisch, Johnson and Mara families have announced $3 million in donations to the NY/NJ Snowflake...

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