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

Bill Gates gives $4.6bn of Microsoft shares in charity, his biggest donation in this century
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

He along with Warren Buffet, the CEO at Berkshire Hathaway, started a philanthropic project “Giving Pledge”. Giving Pledge ... Due to his extensive philanthropy, the personal wealth of Bill Gates...more

Heavy wallets, large hearts: 5 billionaire philanthropists who are giving freely
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

... of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will. ... According to reports, Shiv Nadar is so passionate about his causes that he is personally...more

Bill Gates Spent His Summer Giving Away Nearly $5 Billion in Microsoft Shares
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

The Microsoft co-founder's latest bit of philanthropy became public yesterday, when a Securities and Exchange Commission filing revealed that...more

Philanthropy King: Bill Gates Gives Away $4.6 Billion, Unveils New Campaign To Combat Malaria
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

Bill and Melinda Gates pose after receiving the Commander of the Legion of Honour title at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 21, 2017. (Photo...more

Bill Gates Reduces Microsoft Stake With $4.6B Donation
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

His philanthropic work has also seen him team up with investment guru ... to commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable...more

Bill Gates makes largest donation of Microsoft stock since 2000 with $4.6 billion gift
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

... has made the majority of his donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity he and his wife use to direct their philanthropic...more

How Inbound Marketing Enhances Opportunity for Human Connection
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The site doesn't generate revenue; it has received philanthropic backing from some prestigious groups, including The Gates Foundation and...more

Gates Foundation Awards Grants to Boost Health in Africa
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Seattle-based PATH has announced a $15 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in support of efforts to improve the use...more

The Biggest And Best Tax Break Of All Time
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... Gates after awarding them the Commander of the Legion of Honour title for their philanthropic activities on April 21, 2017. ... is not only solving important problems worldwide but also...more

Recognize India's complexities, says Gates Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... vaccination and lymphatic filariasis, and demonstrates how thoughtful application of innovation and technology can contribute to transforming...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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