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


IVI to develop an adaptive Phase 1b/2a schistosomiasis vaccine clinical trial
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The grant is a Trial Planning Grant, part of the Gates Foundation's Design, Analyze, Communicate (DAC) program which supports grantees...more

Bill Gates denies late-night chats with Epstein about his marriage as series of bombshell reports ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... telling the outlet: “Your characterisation of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated.” ... Gates divorce may finally force...more

Bill and Melinda Gates consider organizational changes to Foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

While the philanthropic foundation will continue to piggyback on the current ... Speaking to Bloomberg, Maribel Morey, a historian of...more

The Gates Foundation Funding of the Second Green Revolution
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

From 2006 to 2020, AGRA received about $1 billion in funding, two-thirds of which was from the Gates Foundation, and it gave out over $500 million...more

Gates divorce spurs changes to $50B foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

There are signs that change is coming to one of the world's most powerful philanthropic organisations. Since Bill and Melinda Gates announced...more

Splitsville Gates will hit philanthropy, post-divorce couple's charity foundation may see changes
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... private charitable foundations, filed for divorce earlier this month after 27 years of marriage but pledged to continue their philanthropic work...more

Gates divorce may finally force substantial changes to $50bn philanthropic foundation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Bloomberg quoted Maribel Morey, a historian of philanthropy work, as saying that expanding the board would democratise decision-making in...more

Why Billionaires Like Bill Gates Can't Fix the Problems They Helped Create
Foundation: Gates Foundation

She is the author of “No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy.” Bill Gates hasn't changed. His public image...more

When rich people divorce: what does the future hold for Bill and Melinda Gates?
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... language at some public events, such as philanthropic functions, could tell that ... The Gates Foundation has become a global force in...more

What Gates' divorce means for philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... given their long history of charitable action through their foundation, I was concerned their divorce would put an end to their 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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