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

BPR Interviews: Debbie Veney
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DV: NewSchools is a venture philanthropy, which means we raise philanthropic dollars from other donors and invest them, much like a venture...more

Swiss charitable foundations continue to flourish
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Switzerland has one of the highest concentrations of philanthropic ... Basel, traditionally the cradle of Swiss philanthropy linked mainly to arts...more

Advance Family Planning gets $34.7M from Gates Foundation to support global advocacy efforts
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The grant will support efforts to make quality, voluntary family planning ... organization committed to advancing reproductive health around the...more

Gates Foundation director tapped to lead Pennsylvania's 14 state universities
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Gates Foundation director tapped to lead Pennsylvania's 14 state universities ... The Gates Foundation awards more than $125 million in grants...more

Former Gates Foundation Official Will Lead Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
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Recently, the Gates Foundation directed money to public colleges, awarding grants to 11 public colleges with the University Innovation...more

AP: Gates Foundation Marches to Its Own Drummer—Right Through our Schools
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Size matters in the world of philanthropy; it changes the rules in troubling ways. The Associated Press recently looked at the Bill and Melinda...more

Details of Gates' science and innovation meetings with president Trump surface, and they're not good
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... of conversations one of the worlds foremost technological and philanthropic ... for brain research, Gates has been laser-focused on his...more

Gates Foundation fails education by taking summers off: Guest opinion
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... it on a course-correction when it comes to their educational philanthropy. ... In one recent year, less than 2 percent of the 51,000 philanthropic...more

IIMA targets $25m for seed initiative
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Tata Trusts, the philanthropic arm of diversified conglomerate Tata, supplied capital together with impact investment firm Omidyar...more

Trump didn't know the difference between HPV and HIV, Bill Gates says
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Gates remains connected to Microsoft, but he devotes much of his time to philanthropy through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of 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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