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

How A 3D Imaging Startup Went From Weighing Pigs to Tackling Childhood Malnutrition
Foundation: Gates Foundation

With another grant, the CDC is currently in the midst of a larger study out in the field, one following 600 children in Guatemala and the other...more

Gates Foundation grant to support research on satellite crop surveillance
Foundation: Gates Foundation

A group led by David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development...more

Impact investment fund backed by Gates Foundation making its mark on the developing world
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Pfizer Foundation

Impact investing has not always been the easiest 'investment philosophy' to benchmark, in terms of improving the health of the planet, and those...more

Gates Foundation Pulls Funding From Saudi Charity Over Khashoggi Murder
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... said David Callahan, founder of the trade publication Inside Philanthropy. ... Harvard University, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter are also...more

Gates Foundation To Suspend Health, Development Grant Program With Nonprofit Founded By ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... dubbed the Misk Grand Challenges, that gives grants to young people around the world for health and development innovations. Prince...more

One More Reason Billionaires Might Want to Exit Education Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Walton Family Foundation

October 30, 2018; Vox. The Gates Foundation, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Walton Family Foundation are just of a few on a long list...more

Gates Foundation cuts ties with Saudi charity over journalist's murder
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Although the Misk Foundation had numerous other philanthropic partners, ... a growing dilemma for big players in the world of global...more

Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America's schools. It isn't working.
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Broad Foundations

It originates with the Open Philanthropy Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on finding high-impact giving opportunities, and...more

5 of Bill Gates' Most Impactful and Life-Changing Philanthropic Projects
Foundation: Gates Foundation

William Henry Gates – AKA Bill Gates – turns 64 today. You probably know him best as the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in...more

The Brief's Big 11: SOCAP's best-dressed, racial-equity lens, refugee and creative economy funds ...
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The full spectrum of impact investing was on display on Day Three of the annual conference. ImpactAlpha's team fanned out to catch the...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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