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

Gates Foundation linked to efforts to sway voters
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Grants worth several million dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are under scrutiny as a foreign political donation after the money was ... Ben Morton has written to the Gates...more

INTERVIEW: Why we agreed to help Nigeria pay $76 million debt to Japan – Bill and Melinda ...
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Paulin Basinga is the Country Director of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Nigeria, a major international donor supporting development in several sectors in the country. As the head of the...more

Award to fund UM food systems anemia research in Africa
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ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan School of Public Health has received a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the impact of the fish processing industry...more

Saving Lives At Birth Seeks Innovators' Applications For 8th Round Of Grants
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Saving Lives at Birth is a partnership between USAID, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, Grand Challenges Canada, the...more

Departures at Gates Foundation Stir Speculation About Its Plans for Higher Ed
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Under Pennington and continuing under Greenstein, the foundation has also spent tens of millions of dollars on programs that supported new kinds of postsecondary organizations (it called them...more

Purdue Improved Crop Storage Bags Reach Global Stage
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PICS received two more Gates Foundation grants that helped expand its use in crops like maize, sorghum, wheat, rice, peanut, common bean, hibiscus seed, mung bean, pigeon pea and Bambara groundnut,...more

Crane Engineering awarded $4.2 million grant to create safer water systems
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KIMBERLY - Crane Engineering was awarded a $4.2 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance development of the Mobile Septage Treatment System ... According to the World...more

Is Gates Gearing Up for a Fight Against Poverty at Home?
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Of the $500 million the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invests annually in the U.S. nearly all of it goes to supporting education. Whether that might soon change—with a new push by the...more

Raikes Foundation-funded Seattle tech startup hires Gates Foundation exec as new CEO
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... a Seattle-based tech nonprofit startup founded in July, to organize global information to promote and facilitate meaningful philanthropy, has hired Ben Klasky as CEO. Most recently Klasky was at...more

$10 Million From 9 Foundations Will Call Attention the Lack of Low-Cost Housing
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation

The collaboration includes several foundations that haven't previously concentrated on housing, such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new coalition,...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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