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

Researchers to use innovative alternative to autopsy to better understand child mortality
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The grant will fund use of an innovative alternative to traditional autopsy ... "We think this can really help us understand the causes of child...more

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Announces Great Beginnings Project Director Position
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Last year, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation decided to make a big investment in the future of Grays Harbor — our children. With a grant...more

Donors' Charitable Priorities Differ According to Where They Live: Fidelity
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Fidelity Charitable, citing Foundation Center data, reported that its grant-making is currently second only to that of the Bill & Melinda Gates...more

Tools for Change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The founder of the nonprofit ZanaAfrica Foundation works to promote ... Forum Business Plan competition and three Gates Foundation grants. But...more

Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York

From the fight over Common Core and concerns about charter school expansion to the fallout from Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to the...more

End Game: Will Gates' Latest Give Be Polio's Death Knell?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Girl receiving oral polio vaccine. Credit: CDC Global (CC BY 2.0)The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is not messing around with...more

Five SUNY community colleges win trailblazing 'Achieving the Dream' grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation

Led by Monroe Community College, SUNY campuses receiving the grants will be supported by the Open SUNY ... of investors that includes the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill &...more

A Top Community Foundation Pulls Back the Curtain on Donor-Advised Funds—To a Point
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In 2015, Fidelity made a stunning $3.1 billion in grants, nearly as much as the Gates Foundation. Yet we know zilch about who gave actually all...more

Gates Foundation wants to make Vaccines affordable with improved Cells
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Batavia Biosciences has won a €3.3M grant from the Gates Foundation, to fund new research in making cell culture cheaper – and drive down...more

Philanthropist Bill Gates to donate 100000 chicks to fight poverty
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, speaking in front of chickens pecking and clucking in a New...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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