Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle Nonprofit Gets $300K From Gates Foundation
September 30, 2009

September 29, 2009, Pudget Sound Business Journal A Seattle international affairs nonprofit has received a $300,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a local campaign to promote awareness of global health and development issues.

Gates Charity Funds Go Out as Loans, Too
September 21, 2009

September 20, 2009, The Seattle Times — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives away $3.5 billion a year in grants, but to stretch its dollars further, the nonprofit has begun making loans, equity investments and loan guarantees.

Jeff Raikes Talks About First Year as Gates Foundation CEO
August 21, 2009

August 20, 2009, The Seattle Times — Jeff Raikes has kept a pretty low profile in his first year as chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The man who built Microsoft Office now runs the largest private foundation in the world, which gives out more than $3 billion a year from an endowment of $30 billion.

Early Learning Efforts in White Center and East Yakima Show Progress in Preparing Children for Kindergarten
August 14, 2009

SEATTLE,  August 12, 2009 — Thrive by Five Washington and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced $8 million in new, joint funding to support two community partnerships that were launched last year and show progress in helping prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn. Research shows that kids who have access to high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to be successful in school and life.

Opportunity Online Grants Will Help Public Libraries Improve Quality of Free Computer Access Used by Millions of Americans
July 17, 2009

SEATTLE, July 16, 2009 — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today $6.5 million in grants to help public libraries in 11 states increase and sustain free, quality public access to computers for their patrons. These Opportunity Online hardware grants will help libraries upgrade and add public computer workstations for patrons in communities with high concentrations of poverty and where a library’s public computers are at risk of becoming outdated with limited capacity for users.

Charitable Foundations See Endowments Drop
June 25, 2009

SEATTLE, June 25, 2009, Associated Press — U.S. foundations saw their investments drop by an average of 26 percent in 2008 amid the economic downturn and stock market collapse, but that hasn't slowed their charitable giving, a new survey has found.

As Global Health Funding Surges, Balance of Power Shifts
June 19, 2009

June 18, 2009, The Seattle Times — Global health funding has quadrupled in less than two decades to almost $22 billion, boosted by U.S. public funding, corporate donations and giving from private foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Carnegie, Gates, Hewlett Foundations Unite to Tackle Roadblocks to Student Success
June 3, 2009

June 3, 2009 — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced a $2.5 million investment to identify promising strategies to dramatically improve college success rates, especially among those students least prepared for college-level work.