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


County officials met with analysts to shape scope of $125000 mobility grant
Foundation: Gates Foundation

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Urban Institute gave grants to eight counties in the country to shrink racial and ethnic...more

Inland Empire Community Foundation announces new office focusing on public policy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Assemblymember Jose Medina, D-Riverside, presents an Assembly resolution to Inland Empire Community Foundation board Chair...more

Subject: Breakout Ideas in Funding for Equity, for Studying Education, and for Medical Research
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation

Philanthropic support of global human-rights groups reached a record $3.7 ... The Disability Inclusion Fund, administered by Borealis...more

George Soros and Bill Gates are helping to turn Mologic into a social enterprise
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Mologic recently announced that it will transition into a social enterprise through the support of a group of philanthropic funds and investors led by...more

Grants to Advance Global Human Rights Rise to US$3.7 Billion
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Foundation to Promote Open Society, California Endowment, Ford Foundation, Johnson Foundation

While the data is from 2018—largely to capture figures from U.S. foundations reported on annual tax filings—the authors point out its relevance...more

Big education funders Gates, Walton, and Chan Zuckerberg are coming together to seek ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation

Three of the biggest names in education philanthropy have teamed up to fund a new organization aimed at dramatically ... Philanthropic efforts to dramatically improve schools at scale do not have a...more

Mologic becomes social enterprise following philanthropic acquisition
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundations

The members of GAH will invest at least £30 million in this deal. The transaction is important in that it transitions a for-profit company into a...more

Meet the Somali-Canadian Social Entrepreneur Behind an Award-Winning App for Hospitals in ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Our beneficiaries range from adults, caregivers, children, and newborns, ... With the support and frameworks of [global design and innovation company] ... to support our Innovative approach to...more

Warren Buffett warned the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's CEO about the 'ABCs.' The investor ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that the greatest threats to the philanthropic behemoth were cockiness, red tape, and...more

Subject: Gates Foundation Gets $15 Billion, $20 Million to Howard U. for Journalism Center
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Philanthropy Today has been taking a summer break this week but the nonprofit world has been so busy we wanted to be sure to alert you to...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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