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

Methodology Behind The Forbes List Of America's Top 50 Givers
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Climate action requires innovation in finance even more than in technology. ... Australia social impact bond tackles youth unemployment… Near...more

A Lesson in Change Management from the Gates Foundation
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Big or small, a well-run nonprofit must effectively manage organizational change and the human dimension of organizational life. These are the...more

The Haitian Project plans to expand network of Catholic schools in island nation
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This has to be done through philanthropy,” Deacon Moynihan said. ... and that major philanthropic organizations such as the Gates Foundation...more

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Now the Gates Foundation is trying a new approach: It has given out $92 million in grants through a new initiative, called Networks for...more

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Newswise — Chapel Hill, NC – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases announced...more

'Philanthropy can't fill in for government money', Melinda Gates tells FRANCE 24
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For more than 20 years Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been working with her husband on humanitarian...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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