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

Wealthy fuel charter schools; philanthropy affects states' education policy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

“The philanthropic support is essential for a small group of schools” that represents disadvantaged families without their own political power,...more

Will ambitious global health strategy survive the Abraaj scandal? (podcast)
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Measuring the long-term implications of a successful impact investment is ... “I would make the case that impact investing needs failure, because...more

'Why do rich people think they can tell us how to run schools?'
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The US has a famously optimistic, positive view of philanthropic giving, but when the $212 million that the ... It is, in essence, the vehicle for private equity millionaire Sir Peter Lampl's social...more

Bill Gates thinks this woman is a 'hero.' Here's how you can replicate her success
Foundation: Gates Foundation

In a blog post earlier this year, Gates dubbed the Swedish social entrepreneur a hero for “making a difference in the world” through her...more

NTI to Launch Global Health Security Index with New Grant from the Open Philanthropy Project
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Robertson Foundation

Thanks to a generous new grant of $3.56 million from the Open Philanthropy Project, the Nuclear Threat Initiative biosecurity program (NTI |...more

Gulf philanthropic, Non-Profit Organisations highlight need for improved governance practices in ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... survey 'The State of Governance in Philanthropy – The Gulf Region', which indicate that regional philanthropic and non-profit organisations...more

CalBio and Land O'Lakes partner on farmer waste-to-energy projects
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Kellogg Foundation

“Impact investing at its best”… Land O'Lakes' Matt Carstens said the initiative exemplifies effective impact investing by “eliminating barriers to...more

A tale of two billionaires
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... for helping lead the computing revolution and donating billions through his philanthropy. ... billionaire, though his controversial philanthropic work focused on changing America's school systems...more

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... and clogged city streets, Gates is largely admired for helping lead the computing revolution and for the billions he donates through his...more

Chicago Community Trust president: Chicago must address 'inexcusable inequities'
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Chicago Community Trust

... the first African-American president and chief executive officer of Chicago's oldest and largest community foundation, the Chicago Community...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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