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


Gates foundation strong supporter of Heifer International project

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Bill and Malinda Gates foundation has been deeply involved in Arkansas giving more than 80M in grants to...more

Business Highlights: Wage theft, Facebook to decide on Trump
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... sending shockwaves through the worlds of philanthropy and public health. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of nearly...more

What the Gates Divorce Means for the Gates Foundation
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The end of one marriage has implications for the 1,600 staff members who direct $5 billion in annual grants to 135...more

Divorce fallout: What happens to Gates Foundation when Bill and Melinda are no longer married?
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The foundation provides grants in wide-ranging areas, including global health and vaccines, gender equality programs, economic development...more

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they're divorcing
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Philanthropic power couple Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday they are getting divorced. ... Last year, Bill Gates, formerly the world's richest person, said he was stepping down from...more

Bill and Melinda Gates announce divorce after 27 years of marriage
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Bill Gates stepped down from Microsoft's board last year to focus on philanthropy. He served as CEO of the tech giant until 2000 and as chairman...more

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are ending marriage
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Last year, Bill Gates, formerly the world's richest person, said he was stepping down from Microsoft's board to focus on philanthropy. Gates...more

Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce, shaking philanthropic world
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Gates, who made the company one of the world's most valuable technology firms, stepped down from the board in March 2020 to focus on...more

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are getting divorced
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MacKenzie Scott has since remarried and now focuses on her own philanthropy after receiving a 4% stake in Amazon, worth more than $36...more

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Getting Divorced. The Pair Say They Will Continue to Work Together on ...
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In a statement posted to Twitter, the leaders of the world's largest private philanthropic organization announced that they plan to divorce after 27...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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