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

Does lunch have to be 45 minutes? Rethinking school schedules to support innovation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Many schools want to incorporate more innovative teaching and learning methods in their schools. But scheduling isn't a particularly common...more

Improving Schools Requires Diverse Grantmaking
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Annenberg Foundation , Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation , Annenberg Foundation

This article originally appeared in Philanthropy Daily, on July 8, 2019. ... In my book Great Philanthropic Mistakes, I discuss how Annenberg...more

Book review: Making the case for results-based philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Book review: Making the case for results-based philanthropy .... among the first to face tangible consequences for a lack of philanthropic...more

Modernising Informal Retail in Emerging Markets to Deliver Social Impact
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Algy Williams, CEO, and Lieze Langford, International Communication Manager, Every1Mobile, writes how using technology is modernising informal retail to make social impact. Williams explains that...more

Q&A: Award-winning Volunteer Jim Leech Recalls Falling Into Philanthropy to Keep Him Out of ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Toronto business executive Jim Leech has enjoyed philanthropic leadership roles with such foundations as Mastercard and Toronto...more

$3 Million in the Hole: Steyer and Soros-backed ThinkProgress Shutting Down and Selling
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

... The Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Sandler Foundation, who are all listed in the “$1,000,000 or More” section of CAP's donor...more

Warren Buffett will donate $3.6 billion in Berkshire Hathaway shares to Bill Gates' foundation, 4 ...
Foundation: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation , Gates Foundation

Buffett made a philanthropic pledge to give away 99% of his wealth through annual gifts in 2006. Class B shares ... For the rest of his life — and for 10 years following his death — more than 99%...more

BMGF, Tata Trusts to set up India Agritech Incubation Network
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The first hub for IAIN will be set up at IIT Kanpur's Innovation and Incubation center, in collaboration with Social Alpha, Collectives for...more

Warren Buffett to donate $3.6 billion of stock to Gates Foundation, other charities
Foundation: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation , Gates Foundation, NoVo Foundation

He says he plans to eventually give all of his shares to philanthropy. The plan would be completed 10 years after his estate has settled, according...more

Warren Buffett to give $3.6 bn to five foundations
Foundation: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation , Gates Foundation

Buffett and the Gateses launched the "Giving Pledge" in 2010 in which billionaires promised to give at least half their wealth to philanthropic causes. Buffett intends to donate all of his...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 Enterprise Associates Guide Clients to Spur Social Wellbeing and Purpose

Social Enterprise Associates Guide Clients to Spur Social Wellbeing and Purpose

Social Enterprise Associates (SEA), a New Mexico fellowship of consultants banded together to deliver social mission-based services, are the first, B Lab certified company in the region and have been awarded as one of the 2014 Best for the World B Corps for their long-range economic and social impact.

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