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

Could you start a business with your other half? Here's the advice of 3 couples who did
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For the past 19 years, the couple has jointly headed a string of multi-billion-dollar philanthropic ventures via their Bill & Melinda Gates...more

Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, NewSchools Venture Fund Look to 'Supercharge ...
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Three of the biggest names in education philanthropy are teaming up to boost math education. NewSchools Venture Fund announced today it...more

$1.3 Million Dollars Awarded to Develop Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria Vaccine
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... the UK Department of Health and Social Care's Global Antimicrobial Resistance Innovation Fund (GAMRIF), the Bill & Melinda Gates...more

Apple healthcare researcher jumps to Gates Foundation to lead new digital health work: CNBC
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has brought on one of Apple's ... Discovery Foundation, the diagnostics accelerator recently issued its first...more

Sir Ian Wood gets recognition for charity work with top award
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Philanthropy comes from a whole range of different motivations. ... and increases the chances of them becoming philanthropic throughout their...more

Roundup: LSU food research / Airbnb bans / Bookstore change-up
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The research is part of a larger project focused on increasing food supplies supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, federal grants and...more

4 Philanthropic Power Couples
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SEATTLE — Celebrity couples make some of the best philanthropic teams. From actors and actresses to technology moguls, these couples...more

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a ...
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave grants to colleges to buy data tools and software. Other foundations such as Kresge and Lumina did...more

Report: Gates Foundation's College Advising Initiative Had Little Impact on Students
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One of the more high profile efforts has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which in 2013 began providing grant funding...more

NESG, others examine FG's social investment programmes
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In 2016, the Federal Government deployed a series of social programmes housed under the National Social Investment Office to address...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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Grants that Encourage Openness in Philanthropy

Grants that Encourage Openness in Philanthropy

There is a new, seven-foundation partnership established that support nonprofits to become more effective and engaged. The Fund for Shared Insight has announced its first round of grants, which are intended “to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people the social sector seeks to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share lessons.”

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