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

APLU Announces Adaptive-Courseware Grants: Bringing Scale to Scale
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Last week the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) ... The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is funding the...more

Author discusses new book on shifts in how foundations seek to shape public policy
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

... new book on foundations describes how Gates has used venture philanthropy, ... In the late 1990s, the field of philanthropy was beginning a significant ... of the new foundations has brought...more

Social Impact Investing - Can it Help the Bottom of the Pyramid?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Barriers exist in providing goods and services to the poorest populations. Low profit margins discourage the private sector from pursuing these markets. This leads to the majority of services being...more

Betting Bigger on Africa: As a Continent Rises, Foundations Are Upping the Ante
Foundation: Gates Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, Coca-Cola Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Africa-focused foundation grant dollars jumped more than 400 percent, from $288.8 million to nearly $1.5 billion... Africa accounted for 25 percent...more

No Such Thing as a Free Gift
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... about the advent of philanthropic entities with a larger footprint than governments. ... And their “answer to ineffective philanthropy is more of...more

Good Blue-Collar News That Donors Can Use
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... to everybody,” says Chauncy Lennon, who leads JPMorgan Chase's philanthropic workforce development initiatives. ... Enter private...more

Is philanthropy a part of the solution?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest philanthropic organisation in the world, reaching out to millions in need of healthcare,...more

Gates foundation's polio win is result of a historic alliance
Foundation: Gates Foundation

But it will also be thanks to a historic philanthropic alliance between the ... The new philanthropy, of which the Gates Foundation is a pioneer,...more

Impact investment dream team targets new inclusive economy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group (GSG) convenes in Lisbon ... The GSG is the successor to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce ... development and impact investing and 'mission...more

Impact investment dream team target new inclusive economy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The GSG is the successor to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce ... That report identified a lack of communication about impact investing, with...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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