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.

Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from Gates Foundation


Opinion | Rufus Woods: Study shows what it takes to help all students succeed
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... from the 38 rural and urban schools from elementary to high school that have found innovative ways to see sustained progress by these...more

How Bill and Melinda Gates are splitting the fortune post their divorce
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Their philanthropy has particularly transformed...more

How Bill and Melinda French Gates Are Dividing a $148 Billion Fortune
Foundation: Gates Foundation

And, of course, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—the largest philanthropic organization of its type on the planet. “They're probably about...more

Ohio University is the school of choice for 10 recipients of the 2021 The Gates Foundation-Ross ...
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The Foundation awarded scholarships to 14 students, 10 of whom plan to attend Ohio University. Larry Gates and his wife, Mary, established the fund...more

Scholars Debate Whether a $300 Billion Estimate on Harm to Charities From DAFs Is Accurate
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... behavioral economics behind foundational philanthropic questions, such as why ... Now two scholars writing on behalf of Philanthropy...more

Vet varsity official gets fellowship
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... the Department of Biotechnology, the University Grants Commission, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Gates Foundation among...more

Melinda Receives WPI Award, Urges More Philanthropy Led by Women
Foundation: Gates Foundation

“WPI is honored to present the Shaw-Hardy Taylor Award to Melinda French Gates for her steadfast philanthropic leadership,” said WPI Director...more

Gates Foundation grants Annenberg Institute $999260
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation

The NSSA research aims to strengthen and grow high-impact tutoring programs and opportunities for K-12 students nationwide. This funding will...more

Gates Foundation changes could bring transparency, accountability
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Philanthropy experts say changing the Gates Foundation's governance could ... when traditional philanthropy has come under intense scrutiny, they say. ... I think even more broadly for defining...more

Bill Gates-Melinda divorce: BIG twist in split of billionaire couple - Details here
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But, about three weeks later, it has been learnt that some major changes will take place at one of the world's most powerful philanthropic...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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