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

Gates prodded to drop Modi
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The South Asian Americans, themselves engaged in philanthropy, have in an open letter said they ... to register their “alarm and dismay that a philanthropic entity with the status of the Gates...more

The anatomy of Bill Gates' Jeffrey Epstein-facilitated MIT donations
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The money came from bgC3 (now Gates Ventures), and not from the Gates Foundation, which gave away more than $4 billion in grants in...more

Harvard reviewing donations late sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein gave to the Ivy League school
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who helps oversee the massive Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, met with Epstein to discuss philanthropy...more

Bill Gates says this is the Steve Jobs trait he envied the most
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For what it's worth, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the world's largest private philanthropic foundations, with an endowment of more...more

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under fire over award for Narendra Modi
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On Tuesday, a group of south Asian Americans working in philanthropy wrote an open ... said philanthropic organisations had played a crucial role in “whitewashing and normalising” Modi's...more

US activists, philanthropy groups denounce Gates Foundation decision to honor Modi
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US activists, philanthropy groups denounce Gates Foundation decision to ... “As your peers in the philanthropic sector, we urge you to withdraw...more

Gates Foundation award to Modi will demoralise India's civil society, say South Asians in US
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The foundation runs several philanthropic projects around the world, many of which are in India. In an open letter on ... The open letter was signed by 30 South Asians and 13 “allies” working...more

Bill Gates Explains He Met With Jeffrey Epstein Because Epstein Knew 'a Lot of Rich People'
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... entreaties to tap into Epstein's network of moneyed friends for philanthropic reasons. ... There were people around him who were saying, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get...more

Bill Gates says he met with Epstein because he knew 'a lot of rich people'
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"There were people around him who were saying, 'hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of...more

Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine
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Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries that could provide...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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“I vote for a social economy” Campaign

The Social Economy Alliance members had launched its I vote for a social economy, a campaign calling for a more social economy in Britain, at an open mic event in Manchester.

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