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

Welcome to a new area of philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

That is despite the $410 billion that was poured into philanthropic causes last year, representing a rise of 5.2 per cent compared to 2016. Of...more

Gates sees productive future for Jack Ma's generosity
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... services company affiliated with Alibaba, for its philanthropic potential. ... "Ma's commitment to philanthropy sets a great example to foster...more

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the world's largest philanthropy issued its latest "Goalkeepers" report on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, urging...more

Philanthropy Bets Big on Sustainable Development Goals
Foundation: Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation , Gates Foundation, Oak Foundation

The power of those contributions is particularly evident in philanthropic “big bets” that aim to speed progress on specific social issues, such...more

When bold philanthropy drives social change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Bold philanthropy addresses a seemingly intractable social problem, ... To help fill the gap, we researched eight bold philanthropic initiatives that...more

Part of Bezos $2B fund to create full-scholarship Montessori-inspired preschools
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The “Day 1 Academies Fund” initiative will create a series of full-scholarship Montessori-inspired preschools, along with an organization to...more

FRESH program combines basic science with social benefits for women at risk of HIV
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The study was supported in part by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants OPP1066973 and OPP1146433, International AIDS Vaccine...more

The Role of Philanthropy in Building a Sustainable City
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Boston Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Seeking winning solutions to help build better cities, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust is convening the Philanthropy for Better Cities...more

Bezos targets homeless families, under-served preschoolers with $2 billion fund, but details are few
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The structure of Bezos' new philanthropic push is still coming into focus. ... “Big philanthropy, the kind Bezos is practicing, as well as Bill Gates, is...more

Gates Foundation directs funding toward special ed in charter schools
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made four grants since July related to helping charter schools cater to students with disabilities,...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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