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

Jeff Bezos Pledges $100 Million to Feeding America for COVID-19 Relief
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Philanthropy-related articles and features culled from print and electronic ... September 14, 2018 Jeff Bezos Launches $2 Billion Philanthropic...more

Covid-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Announces $20M Initial Grants
Foundation: Gates Foundation

The University of Washington, University of Oxford, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology will receive the first three grants fund clinical trials in order...more

Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a 'nightmare scenario,' but predicts lower death toll than Trump
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Gates, who resigned from Microsoft's board last month to focus on his philanthropic efforts, said if people continue practicing safe social distancing...more

Bill Gates's Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Bill Gates recently resigned from the board of Microsoft to focus full time on philanthropy. It's a perfect time to remember:...more

Bill Gates: How the coronavirus pandemic can help the world solve climate change
Foundation: Gates Foundation

"That idea of innovation and science and the world working together — that is totally common between these two problems, and so I don't think this...more

Gates Philanthropy Partners: A beacon of hope for the vulnerable
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Like many of us, my family is attempting to adjust to a new normal – working from home with a spouse, children, and pets; wondering when we...more

What Is Warren Buffett's Net Worth?

Philanthropic entrepreneur and investor Warren Buffett holds the number three position on the Forbes list of richest people in the...more

Coronavirus relief getting help from these billionaires
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation

... Oregon Community Recovery Fund created by the Oregon Community Foundation, and $7 million to Oregon Health & Science University to...more

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges USD 25M to fund researching COVID-19 treatments
Foundation: Gates Foundation

Houston, Mar 29 (PTI) The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic arm of ... CZI''s gift is the second biggest tech philanthropy donation 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

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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