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

Women's Funds Lure More Engaged Donors
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... and foundations, according to a new report from the Women's Philanthropy ... giving to those causes is often part of a broader philanthropic...more

Lyndra Receives $13 Million from Gates Foundation to Develop Once-A-Month Oral Contraceptive
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation granted Watertown, Massachusetts-based Lyndra Therapeutics a $13 million grant to develop a...more

Can Organized Philanthropy Learn To Learn?
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation

Since posting Is There A Role For Philanthropy In Renewing Democracy a month ago, several colleagues have suggested that organized...more

Innovation rush aims to help farmers, rich and poor, beat climate change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Laurie Goering, who reports for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, shares certain innovations that can help farmers and combat climate change while at it. Goering reports that, in the near future,...more

Female Donors Give More To Women's, Girls' Causes
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... fund and foundation donors give significant, substantial support for women's and girls' causes and bring a 'gender lens' to their...more

We Are Unstoppable: How Female Philanthropists are Turning Giving Circles into a Movement
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Giving circles bring people together to practice collective philanthropy. ... These philanthropic clubs are often housed at community foundations...more

Even Nice, “Generous” Rich People Are Not Your Friends
Foundation: Gates Foundation

But the wealthy have spent huge amounts on philanthropy, seeking to ... Their philanthropic efforts, free from any kind of democratic control...more

One year in, Gates-funded networks of schools are getting off the ground — and more are on the way
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The foundation has already given $93 million in grants to 21 nonprofits coordinating the networks, and Gates said it will announce at least 12...more

Does lunch have to be 45 minutes? Rethinking school schedules to support innovation
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Many schools want to incorporate more innovative teaching and learning methods in their schools. But scheduling isn't a particularly common...more

Improving Schools Requires Diverse Grantmaking
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Annenberg Foundation , Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation , Annenberg Foundation

This article originally appeared in Philanthropy Daily, on July 8, 2019. ... In my book Great Philanthropic Mistakes, I discuss how Annenberg...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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Stepping Stones Charity Bags Social Enterprise Award

Stepping Stones, a UK-registered nonprofit, was awarded as champions in the 'Education, Jobs and Training’ category at the inaugural Social Enterprise Awards, held recently in Londonderry.

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