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

Let the needs of small business drive impact investing in local economies
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Impact investors dedicated to strengthening local economies must change how they support local businesses—starting with redefining the...more

Cover Story: How Bill Gates Sees China Expanding Its Role in Global Health
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Bill Gates transformed his career from technology to philanthropy with his move a dozen years ago from running Microsoft Corp. to working with the...more

Even impact investors are fleeing risk in the face of the global pandemic
Foundation: Gates Foundation

or which have built-in risk mitigants,” according to the latest brief from the Global Impact Investing Network's Response, Recovery, and...more

Preparing an impact investing policy agenda for the next administration
Foundation: Gates Foundation

New definitions of fiduciary duty. Standards for quality jobs. Expansion of capital for community development financial institutions, or CDFIs....more

The investment case for COVID relief for Africa's essential businesses
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In the developing world, impact investing is often about something much more elemental: helping deliver critical services such as clean water,...more

Philanthropy Funds Market 2020 Size, Share and 2024 Top Players: Smithsonian Institution ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, J. Paul Getty Trust, Lilly Endowment, Open Society Foundations

A research report on the Global Philanthropy Funds Market provides the overall growth forces and present scenario of the Philanthropy Funds...more

The Week in impact investing: Independence
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Nike , Kellogg Foundation

TGIF, Agents of Impact! We hold these truths to be self-evident. The convergence of COVID and the movement for racial justice has made clear that...more

Technology, Governance Innovation and the Pandemic: Discussing Responses from South Asia ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

It has accelerated the growth of technology and innovation—from the use of ... Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation,...more

Bill Gates Is Using His Fortune to Fight the Pandemic
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The 64-year-old entrepreneur has since seeded billions of his own net ... disconcerting levels, social entrepreneurs like Gates have stepped up...more

'Global Goal: Unite For Our Future,' Global Citizen And The European Commission Mobilize $1.5 ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Citi Foundation , Bloomberg Philanthropies

Raising $1.5 billion in cash grants and $5.4 billion in loans – a total of $6.9 ... The FIFA Foundation committed to The Global Fund in support of...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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New UK Research Body to Drive Progress in Social Investment

New UK Research Body to Drive Progress in Social Investment

The government-backed Social Investment Research Council is newly formed to hatch practical insights into social investment market products, and the investors needed to finance them.

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