Pacific Northwest

A partnership of governments, businesses and nonprofits is pledging today to redouble its efforts to help the growing number of homeless families in Washington state. The pledge includes up to $60 million over 10 years by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Despite beginning and ending during serious economic recessions, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in state history soared past its $600-million goal to raise $853,120,266, more than three-quarters of a billion dollars, University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer announced today.

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