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

Partnership Push: Here's How Asia Society Raises Money
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, MetLife Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Houston Endowment

As part of our ongoing series looking at nonprofit development operations, Inside Philanthropy spoke with Christine Davies, Asia Society's...more

Gates Foundation Grant Jump-Starts Innovative Malaria Research at UT Austin
Foundation: Gates Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas — Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have been awarded a $100,000 grant...more

UCSB Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant
Foundation: Gates Foundation

David Low, a professor in UCSB's Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health...more

Weill Cornell Medicine Awarded Grand Challenges Explorations Grant to Conduct Groundbreaking ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The information will allow researchers to better study antimicrobial resistance in these cities and help city planners and public health officials to...more

Report Reveals What Motivates Giving to Women's Causes
Foundation: Gates Foundation

New research by the US Women's Philanthropy Institute into what motivates giving to women's causes has found that ... would allow us to better understand and direct philanthropic giving that...more

More transparency needed at the Gates Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Along with more information about the Gates Foundation's grants and goals, it would also help to publicize background information about members...more

Did NPR Sacrifice Its Mission Integrity with Ploughshares Funding?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation working to build a safe, ... For its part, Ploughshares cited its $100,000 NPR grant as a success...more

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO: let's stack the deck for companies with 'charitable intent'
Foundation: Gates Foundation

So I do think increasingly as there's more philanthropy, more wealth and therefore more opportunities for philanthropy, we're hearing more...more

Gates Foundation CEO Marks Anniversary With Media Blitz
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Read The Chronicle of Philanthropy's interview with Ms. Desmond-Hellmann about what she considers the Gates Foundation's successes...more

Gates Foundation CEO offers peek into philanthropy giant
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Gates website offers only terse descriptions of tobacco-related grants, with few specifics on the role of foundation funding in helping...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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