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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$34,640,123,000 - 2011-12-31
$38,921,022,000 - 2007-12-31


$4,963,286,000 - 2011-12-31
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Recent News from Gates Foundation

The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look at the Numbers
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies

The Fight Over Immigrants and Refugees Is Going to Intensify. Here's What Foundations Need to Do. Release Date: 03/06/2018. The Fight Over Immigrants and Refugees Is Going to Intensify. Here's What...more

Past to present: History of philanthropy inspires contemporary giving
Foundation: Gates Foundation

I would love to say that I started a philanthropic project like some of the people in the exhibit, but I know I can still make a difference in other ways. Do you have one object that really speaks to...more

Algorithm for Change: Inspiring Innovation in Education
Foundation: Gates Foundation

More specifically, how can it help minorities and low-income students overcome barriers and achieve their goals? These are questions posed by Algorithm for Change, a new national competition...more

The Brief's Big Ten: Perils and promise of impact investing
Foundation: Gates Foundation

1. The continuing fallout from the dispute over the Abraaj Group's finances. It started with questions from investors, including the Gates Foundation, about accounting in the Dubai-based firm's...more

Dallas' homegrown Melinda Gates opens up about why it's important for her to speak up now
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

And that was before Warren Buffett decided to add $30 billion to the philanthropic treasure chest in 2006 with the stipulation that the Gateses stay on to run the ... She also believes it's her...more

Melinda Gates to Donald Trump: Women matter
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

“Equality is incredibly important,” says the 53-year-old co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the country's largest private philanthropic organization. “U.S. government...more

Betsy DeVos Facilitates For-Profit Colleges' Conversion Therapy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

But most of these deals make a mockery of the concept of a non-profit organization, and now, in the case of Kaplan-Purdue, a public university. ... In the case of another nearly-finalized deal, to...more

Nonprofit Talent co-founder leaving Pittsburgh for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Bank of New York Mellon

Earlier this week, the firm announced that James McDonald, former managing director for global philanthropy and employee programs at Bank of New York Mellon was joining as executive advisor. Mr....more

Here's why big bets on education reform haven't fixed public schools | Opinion
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

The Gates Foundation is regrouping after its latest school improvement disappointment, but it's not bowing out of the education reform business. As the philanthropic powerhouse led by Bill and...more

Why big bets on educational reform haven't fixed the US school system
Foundation: Gates Foundation

As the philanthropic powerhouse led by Bill and Melinda Gates explained in their latest annual letter to the public, it ended its effort to overhaul teacher evaluation systems after determining that...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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