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

'It frees up time but…': Bill Gates on where technology fails
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Gates was speaking on 'Technology for Social Inclusion' as part of Mint ... world has to accelerate innovation to mitigate the risk of climate...more

'Didn't expect to hear it in Patna': Bill Gates talks climate change with Nitish Kumar
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Mint Visionaries Live: Mitigation of emissions requires immense innovation, says Bill Gates
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Mr Gates says the world has to accelerate innovation to mitigate risk of climate change. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant delivered the keynote...more

2019 AAMC award winners honored at gala
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Notably, he led the adoption of innovations that advanced the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Educational Innovations...more

Billionaire Philanthropists Shift from Grant Making to Strategic Collaboration
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Billionaires are increasingly applying their entrepreneurial spirit and business skills to their philanthropic pursuits, according to a UBS report Friday. ... One example of strategic collaboration...more

Bill Gates on Elizabeth Warren, Jeffrey Epstein, and why he'd pay more — but not too much more ...
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Gates sits at the center of the conversation about Big Tech, Big Money, and Big Philanthropy — all of which are increasingly unpopular with...more

The Week in impact investing: Popular uprising
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Protests test impact investing elite. People power is mobilizing. From the yellow vests in France to the crowds in Hong Kong and Beirut, people are...more

Bill Gates turns 64: From being color blind to bookworm, here are 5 lesser-known facts about the ...
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Philanthropy: Gates is known and acknowledged for being one of the most charitable persons. He and his wife Melinda Gates have given away $45 billion of their fortune to philanthropic causes. With...more

Bill and Melinda Gates make a stop in Khayelitsha
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided aid to South Africa for ... Africa has benefited from grants made by the foundation, from...more

Bill Gates Could Overtake Jeff Bezos as World's Richest Person—His Philanthropy Means He ...
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is on course to overtake Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person thanks to recent fluctuations in...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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Bill Drayton Urges Development of Empathy in Social Entrepreneurship

Bill Drayton Urges Development of Empathy in Social Entrepreneurship

Bill Drayton, Ashoka founder, coined the phrase “social entrepreneur” instead of almost naming it as “public service entrepreneur”. He strongly encourages empathy especially through the education sector, and explains why having that trait is more important than ever now.

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