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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Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Northern Kentucky Education Council (NKYEC) has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch...more

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to give away millions of dollars to people in need, here's your chance to help Warren...more

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

Facebook has partnered with the nonprofit charter school network Summit Public Schools to develop a free learning software system that aims...more

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, talks with Willow Creek Senior Pastor Bill Hybels (back to camera) during the...more

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

Natalie Lalaguna, a coach for the grant with the Redding School District, said the training model is unique because it has teachers focus...more

Top Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant implementers for 2015
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded approximately $3.8 billion in grants, increasing contributions by $46 million from the...more

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Foundation: Gates Foundation

Program-related investment, PRI, characterised by high-risk private sector investments for the specific purpose of furthering the aims of...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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