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

Home Homepage UCSD Professor Awarded $1.5M Medical Research Grant
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Simons Foundation

“This generous funding from the HHMI and Simons Foundation will allow my group to dedicate personnel and resources to pursue new...more

New Book Pries Open the Policy Window on Education Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation

New Book Pries Open the Policy Window on Education Philanthropy ... Army, which is a well-known nonprofit but not a philanthropic...more

5 Billionare entrepreneurs who take philanthropy very seriously
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

... in their respective feilds, but have also taken up nobel causes to make the world a better place. Here are a few entrepreneurs and their...more

Regional foundation awards dozens of grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation

The Blue Mountain Community Foundation has awarded 87 grants totaling $318,525. The BMCF Discretionary Grants program was unusually...more

Tufts structural virologist awarded new five-year HHMI grant to map herpesviruses
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Simons Foundation

Tufts structural virologist awarded new five-year HHMI grant to map ... The World Health Organization estimates that, in 2012, more than four...more

Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

... of the centre for philanthropy at the University of Kent. "Most donations reflect the 'philanthropic autobiography' of the donor and this is no...more

Bill Gates reflects on philanthropy in post-Microsoft career
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

Gates spoke at length about some of the biggest challenges he faces in his philanthropic endeavours, during a wide-ranging interview with...more

Private donations have “huge effect” on public policy, expert says
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... the Mott Foundation, or any of the myriad other philanthropic organizations, ... The book is Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and...more

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Grants Announced
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for...more

AfDB Approves a $2-million Grant to Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau to Fight the Zika Virus Outbreak
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The US $2-million grant will be implemented by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) and is expected to play...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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