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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$34,640,123,000 - 2011-12-31
$38,921,022,000 - 2007-12-31


$4,963,286,000 - 2011-12-31
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Recent News from Gates Foundation

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry hire Melinda Gates staffer for new philanthropic venture
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry hire Melinda Gates staffer for new philanthropic venture. She worked alongside Melinda and Bill Gates' teams for...more

Maximising Outcomes in Impact Investing
Foundation: Gates Foundation

This is the gap impact investing and venture philanthropy try to fill. They go much further in terms of defining, measuring and managing the...more

Donate to Crypto Philanthropy, Not CoronaCoin
Foundation: Gates Foundation, CDC Foundation, GlobalGiving

Donate to Crypto Philanthropy, Not CoronaCoin. A rogue altcoin attempted to profit from the spread of the coronavirus. Now, it looks like...more

The Week in impact investing: OMG
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation

13 last week to talk sustainable finance and impact investing education. Impact is disrupting professional education; the coronavirus pandemic...more

Exaptive Partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Launch The COVID-19 Cognitive City
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Exaptive and its partners believe that innovation is not the work of lone ... will also enable the lateral thinking that opens up visibility to innovative solutions. ... and analysis tools are linked...more

We All Need Mail-in COVID Testing: Sign the Petition
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Author: Kiersten Marek. Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work in Cranston, Rhode Island,...more

How Philanthropists are Tackling COVID-19
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The Open Philanthropy Project granted US$17.5 million last year to ... founder of Arabella Advisors in Washington, D.C., a philanthropic advisory...more

COVID-19 Responses and Support: A Message From Melissa A. Berman
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Given the profound and constantly evolving impact of COVID-19, the role of philanthropy is more important than ever given its ability to nimbly...more

Bill Gates Announces Departure From Microsoft Board Of Directors To Focus On Philanthropy
Foundation: Gates Foundation

... more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate...more

Bill Gates announces reduction in role in Microsoft.
Foundation: Gates Foundation

This is when he had switched over to serving his philanthropic interests through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill now wants to increase...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

Social Enterprise Network Sites

Social Entrepreneurship

Social Enterprise Fenugreen Distributes ‘Miracle Paper’ Inspired by Grandma

Social Enterprise Fenugreen Distributes ‘Miracle Paper’ Inspired by Grandma

Kavita Shukla founded Fenugreen, a social enterprise established at addressing global food supply spoilage with a simple innovation, Freshpaper, a paper infused with edible, organic botanical extracts, a product inspired by her grandmother.

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