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

We All Need Mail-in COVID Testing: Sign the Petition
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Author: Kiersten Marek. Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island,...more

How Philanthropists are Tackling COVID-19
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The Open Philanthropy Project granted US$17.5 million last year to ... founder of Arabella Advisors in Washington, D.C., a philanthropic advisory...more

COVID-19 Responses and Support: A Message From Melissa A. Berman
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Given the profound and constantly evolving impact of COVID-19, the role of philanthropy is more important than ever given its ability to nimbly...more

Bill Gates Announces Departure From Microsoft Board Of Directors To Focus On Philanthropy
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... more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate...more

Bill Gates announces reduction in role in Microsoft.
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This is when he had switched over to serving his philanthropic interests through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill now wants to increase...more

These Are The Billionaire Investors Behind German Drugmakers Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded CureVac with $44.2 million, including grants to work on the malaria and influenza vaccines....more

Bill Gates Steps Down From Microsoft Board To Focus on Philanthropy
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has stepped down from the company's board to dedicate more time to his philanthropic activities, the tech giant...more

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates leaves board
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SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Friday announced that co-founder Bill Gates has left its board of directors to devote more time to...more

Bill Gates quits Microsoft board to spend more time on philanthropy
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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said he is stepping down from the company's board to focus on philanthropy. Mr Gates was Microsoft's...more

Bill Gates is leaving Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway's boards
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... press release Friday, Microsoft announced that its 64-year-old co-founder was leaving its board to "dedicate more time to his 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

Social Enterprise Network Sites

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprises: The Key to Protecting Egypt’s Natural Treasures

Social Enterprises: The Key to Protecting Egypt’s Natural Treasures

After marveling at Egypt’s natural heritage sites such as South Sinai and the Red Sea, Iris Boutros, writer at Daily News Egypt, muses on Environment Minister Laila Iskandar’s goals of longer-term environmental agenda by injecting social entrepreneurship as its powerful implementer.

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