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

Philanthropy honor puts Lenfests in company of Gates, Heinz, Bloomberg
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Heinz Endowments, Bloomberg Philanthropies

PITTSBURGH - H.F. “Gerry” and Marguerite Brooks Lenfest, who have contributed more than $50 million combined to their respective alma...more

Amazon's Bezos Disrupts Another Frontier, With Just One Tweet
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

“The most effective philanthropy is targeted,” said Irish billionaire Denis ... time involved in filtering ideas,” said National Philanthropic Trust's...more

Praise individuals, not the trend
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Nonetheless, the growing influence of philanthropy in public affairs is ... many conventional NGOs depend on huge donations from...more

Gates, Zuckerberg Teaming Up on Personalized Learning
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

Two of the biggest names in technology and education philanthropy are jointly ... Mark Zuckerberg is a relative newcomer to philanthropic support...more

Gates Foundation Announces Latest 'Grand Challenges' Grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.8 million ... "Grand Challenges Explorations Round 18 Grants...more

Final Offensive: About That Big Global Pledge on Polio
Foundation: Gates Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

In 1988, the World Health Assembly launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative or GPEI. At the time, the wild poliovirus was present in over...more

Dimagi Inc. and Mount Sinai receive grant for research in global health and development
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Cambridge, Mass. – Dimagi, Inc. and The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai announced today that...more

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asks how to give away money
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

Mr Bezos said on Twitter he wanted his "philanthropy strategy" to be "the ... "I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the...more

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Asks Twitter To Decide What He Should Do With His Money
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

As a result, he's asking Twitter for philanthropic ideas. ... "I'm thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my...more

Penn State researchers receive grant to develop new contraception technology
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Two Penn State researchers have received a grant through the Grand ... Round 18 grants announced June 14 by the Bill & Melinda Gates...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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