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
$2,011,675,000 - 2007-12-31

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Recent News from Gates Foundation

For Scout Foundation wins second place in #MyGivingStory Campaign
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Felicity established the For Scout Foundation within the Community Foundation to honor the life of her daughter, Scout, and to support...more

Impact Investing and Venture Philanthropy's Role in Sowing the Seeds of Financial Opportunity
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Since philanthropic foundations are established and controlled by billionaires whose wealth and power is derived from human exploitation...more

Foundation: Gates Foundation

BILL AND MELINDA GATES: PHILANTHROPY WITH AN IMPACT. “The best investment any of us can ever make is in the lives of others.” Bill...more

New grant boosts UC San Diego-led malaria research program
Foundation: Gates Foundation

New grant boosts UC San Diego-led malaria research program ... drug discovery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and the grant's lead...more

'Inside Philanthropy' Article Examines Possible Funding Gaps Created By Mexico City Policy ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Sue-Lynn Moses, global editor of Inside Philanthropy, discusses President ... She concludes, “Some may argue that philanthropic organizations...more

Next Mideast generation is going to be responsible for incredible innovation: Gates
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Microsoft

JEDDAH: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday said he was “optimistic” about the Middle East, a key reason being “the energy of the...more

Grants to govt from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to continue
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Indian government will maintain ties with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and will continue to get grants from the organisation...more

In push for open access to research, Gates Foundation partners with 'Science' journals
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation put an open access policy in place in 2015, and since then all Gates Foundation grants have come with the requirement...more

Govt, private, philanthropic sectors all needed to tackle social issues: Gates
Foundation: Gates Foundation

New Delhi: For the last nine years, the world's richest and most generous couple—Melinda and Bill Gates—has been writing an annual open...more

Four Questions About the Future of Gates Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Four Questions About the Future of Gates Philanthropy ... To the extent that their philanthropy has played a key role here—along with that of other ... down, may dedicate as much as $185...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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Social Entrepreneurship

New York Social Impact Partnership to Tackle Recidivism

New York Social Impact Partnership to Tackle Recidivism
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