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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Foundation Grants and Resources


Recent News from Gates Foundation

Global Citizen Mobilizes Over $1.5B in New Grants and $5.4B in Loans and Guarantees for a Total ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Financial and political support from 41 government leaders — including all G7 member states, Economic Community of West African States...more

New Comprehensive Report on Philanthropy Funds Market with Profiling Global Eminent Players ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Open Society Foundations

The following Companies as the Key Players in the Philanthropy Funds Market Research Report are: Smithsonian Institution, Carnegie Foundation...more

The Week in impact investing: Repricing
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Ford Foundation

TGIF, Agents of Impact! Repricing impact. The COVID crisis and social protests have laid bare systemic injustices and spurred a broad repricing...more

Liveblog: Funding to End Violence Against Women of Color
Foundation: Gates Foundation, NoVo Foundation

Kiersten Marek, editor and publisher of Philanthropy Women, opened up our ... the webinar with a discussion on the idea behind Philanthropy Women. ... Cottman pointed out that it's not established...more

Momentum Fund Seeks to Help Nonprofits Overwhelmed by Relief Contributions
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation provided the money to start the fund, which is managed by the United Philanthropy Forum. Grantees will be announced...more

Sheffield's long history of philanthropy continues today
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Philanthropy has a long history in Sheffield that is continued today by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation. By David Walsh....more

The Brief: Greening infrastructure (replay), Amazon ventures into climate, water-tech Breakthrough ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Read an excerpt on ImpactAlpha and sign up to receive your copy of “Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners.”...more

Gates Foundation Names Its First President of Gender Equality (Transitions)
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... has served on its Board of Directors and most recently worked as vice president and chief philanthropy officer at the Executive Leadership...more

Growth Factors of Philanthropy Funds Market with Emerging Trends and Revenue Estimation By ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Open Society Foundations

Global Philanthropy Funds Industry Report offers market size, share, overview, segmentation by types, application, countries, key manufactures,...more

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: What to know about the $51B charity
Foundation: Gates Foundation

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

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

Increasing the Diversity of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Increasing the diversity of social entrepreneurs in the U.S.

One of the most significant challenges to social entrepreneurship and innovation is ensuring a diversity of approaches and participants in the movement. To truly deliver meaningful social change the leaders of the effort must share perspectives of the challenges faced by communities across the U.S. that can most appropriately come from members of those communities. Ashoka, through its All America initiative seeks to increase the diversity of social entrepreneurship practitioners.

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