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

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: What to know about the $51B charity
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the second-richest person in the world and has recently devoted more of his time to philanthropy. ... philanthropic endeavors including the Gates Library...more

Game-changing technologies can transform our food systems
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... enabling environment that will accelerate the innovation we dearly need." ###. About CCAFS: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate...more

Warren Buffett and The Gateses: 200-plus Billionaires and 10 years later, is the Giving Pledge a ...
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In June 2019, in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, journalist Marc Gunther ... Rob Rosen, director of philanthropic partnerships, oversees the...more

Alwaleed Philanthropies Allocates $30 Million to the Battle Against COVID-19
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... Saud, the global philanthropic foundation, has allocated $30 million to a variety of diverse initiatives to battle against COVID-19 in collaboration...more

Engro, Gates Foundation to protect vulnerable groups
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LAHORE: The Engro Foundation, the social investment arm of Engro Corporation, has signed a three-year memorandum of cooperation with the...more

The Brief: Impact management principles, Africa's health startups, Ceniarth's catalytic capital for ...
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The liquidity lets the nonprofit lenders build a pipeline of loan applications to submit quickly as soon as the federal relief program is re-funded (the...more

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expands commitment to global COVID-19
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... said the pandemic has unleashed an extraordinary philanthropic response. ... Philanthropy cannot—and should not—supplant the public and private ... What philanthropy is good at is testing out...more

Gates Foundation boosts funding for coronavirus response to $250 million
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The Seattle-based philanthropy, which had already committed $100 million, announced Wednesday it will add an additional $150 million to speed ... Any profits are reinvested in Gates Foundation...more

COVID-19: How Big Pharma and Big Philanthropy Consume the World
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Johnson and Johnson

So, it more than a little ironic that one of the main benefits of philanthropic foundations, to the super-rich that is, is that they provide a perfect way...more

How education philanthropy is beginning to respond to the coronavirus
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Stuart Foundation, Walton Family Foundation

(Grantmakers for Education has compiled a lengthy list of philanthropic responses to COVID-19.) The Broad Foundation says that it has issued grants...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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Y Life Teaches Students about Philanthropy

Y Life Teaches Students about Philanthropy

The Junior League of Gaston County, in partnership with the Central Family YMCA, has put the Y Life Program back on running track. It’s been operating for eight years, but has lost funding. Now, Junior League stepped in to help it continue.

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