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

Structuring philanthropy to do more good
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Let's say you're a billionaire and you want your philanthropy to do as much .... If you're a billionaire with limited philanthropic ambitions - or ones...more

Four Stanford students win 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Four Stanford students, including three seniors and a medical student, have been awarded 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue...more

Q&A: Gates Foundation's education strategy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

LONDON — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has made its first grants in the global education space, with a focus on data, evidence, and...more

Melinda on Colbert: Cell Phones as Tools for Women's Empowerment
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The couple talked about their philanthropy in the context of larger political issues such as growing inequality, and shared some of their...more

Gates Foundation won't build third headquarters building 'at this time'
Foundation: Gates Foundation

From its inception in 2000 the foundation through 2017, the foundation's total grant payments totaled $45.5 billion. Total direct grantee support in...more

Jeff Bezos gave away more money than Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg combined in 2018
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

As everyone from Alexandra Ocasio Cortez to Warren Buffett is talking about the rich paying higher taxes, the Chronicle of Philanthropy's...more

Bezos and Bloomberg Top the 50 Biggest Philanthropists List
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

The third to fifth places on Philanthropy 50, an annual list of the 50 biggest U.S. ... An interesting trend in last year's most important philanthropic giving was a ... At Rockefeller Philanthropy...more

Bill and Melinda Gates take to late-night TV to weigh in on 70% marginal tax rate floated by AOC
Foundation: Gates Foundation

On the role of philanthropy: The two agreed that taxes should be higher on the ... “Philanthropy can never make up for taxes, but it is that catalytic wedge ... have pledged to donate the majority...more

Bill and Melinda Gates Release 2019 Annual Letter: “Things We Didn't See Coming”
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... was one of the most important steps in our journey to philanthropy. ... Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world's largest philanthropy. She is ... commit more than half of their...more

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

This division over wealth and philanthropy spilled into the World Economic ... high-profile philanthropic organizations, including Bloomberg, Rockefeller and Carnegie. ... “The beauty of...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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