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

Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy giving
Foundation: Gates Foundation

"I'm not sure that the attack has been on philanthropy. ... high-profile philanthropic organizations, including Bloomberg, Rockefeller and...more

The 12 Most Philanthropic Tech Billionaires
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Philanthropy is a big part of the lives of some of the world's richest people and thank goodness that's the case! The influx of money and increase of...more

Why this billion-dollar foundation is becoming a corporation
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It's a move that lets them do more — and leaves some philanthropy ... to streamline its political advocacy work alongside its philanthropic work....more

EarlySense Selected by Save the Children for an Evaluation of Neonatal Health Monitoring ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

This work is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ... "We look forward to the evaluation by Save the Children and using...more

Giving has power if targeted strategically
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In Germany, as in Kenya, philanthropy is as old as our two societies. ... Philanthropic giving and family foundations is fashionable among the...more

The 13 tech billionaires who donate the biggest percentage of their wealth to charity
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Philanthropy has become an important initiative for some of the richest ... Looking at the Chronicle of Philanthropy's top 50 philanthropists list for...more

Cassava high in iron and zinc could improve diets and health in west Africa
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through the Global Challenges for Global Health Program (Grant no:...more

Dengue virus immunity may protect children from Zika symptoms
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... of the National Institutes of Health, as well as grant VE-1 (EH) from the Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates...more

Co-Impact Announces Inaugural Grants Totaling $80 Million
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Giving Pledge signatories Nandan and Rohini Nilekani, whose EkStep Foundation has served as Co-Impact's technical partner, also recently...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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