BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Seattle, WA   |  http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

Mission

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffett.

Ruling year info

2007

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Mark Suzman

Main address

PO Box 23350

Seattle, WA 98102 USA

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EIN

56-2618866

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Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

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Our programs

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Global Health

Our Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. We work with partners to deliver proven tools—including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics—as well as discover pathbreaking new solutions that are affordable and reliable. Equally important is innovation in how we bring health interventions to those who need them most. We invest heavily in vaccines to prevent infectious diseases—including HIV, polio, and malaria—and support the development of integrated health solutions for family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

our global development division

Nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide live on less than US$2 a day, and more than 1 billion suffer from chronic hunger. For these people, the basics of food, water, shelter, and sanitation are in short supply, and healthcare and education can be unaffordable luxuries. Our Global Development Division aims to identify and fund high-impact solutions that can help hundreds of millions of people lift themselves out of poverty and build better lives. We work closely with our partners to support innovative approaches and expand existing ones so they reach the people who are most in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In the United States, our primary focus is on ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree with labor-market value. Our approach is to play a catalytic role—to support the development of innovative solutions in education that are unlikely to be generated by institutions working alone and that can trigger change on a broader scale. We also work to address issues of social inequity and poverty in Washington State, where the Gates family has lived for generations and the foundation makes its permanent home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Because our resources alone are not enough to advance the causes we care about, we engage in advocacy efforts to promote public policies that advance our work, build strategic alliances with governments and the public and private sectors, and foster greater public awareness of urgent global issues. Our Global Policy & Advocacy Program has teams dedicated to advocacy, policy analysis, and government relations, as well as strengthening philanthropic partnerships and the charitable sector in the United States and overseas. In addition to the policy and advocacy staff at our Seattle headquarters and in Washington, D.C., we have a European and Middle East office based in London, and country offices in China, India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of grants awarded

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Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Gates Foundation is founded on the belief that all lives have equal value and that every person, no matter where they are born, deserves the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life. Our goal is to reduce inequity by improving the lives of people living in the world's poorest countries, as well as those that are most disadvantaged in the U.S.

Our strategies are focused on reducing inequity around the world. Together with our partners, we work in more than 130 countries to help more children and young people survive and thrive, combat infectious diseases that particularly impact the poorest, and empower people - particularly women and girls - to transform their lives. We know our resources alone are not enough, so we also work to inspire others to take action.

Focusing on areas of greatest need

We work to address gaps in health, economic opportunity, and education where we believe we can have the greatest impact. To tackle these big challenges, we work with partners who have the expertise and experience to develop and implement sustainable long-term solutions at scale. We also collaborate with governments, the private sector, and other funders to ensure the best possible alignment to fill these critical gaps.



Taking risks others can't or won't

We also look for opportunities to serve as a catalyst – bringing together the public and private sectors and civil society to address challenges standing in the way of a better life for the world's poorest people. We have the ability to apply new thinking to big problems, which sometimes means taking calculated risks on promising ideas. We accept risks and failure as part of the process.



Making markets work for the poor

We know that philanthropy can be a powerful way to ensure all people can benefit from advances in health and economic development. Using innovative financing mechanisms and guarantees, we work with the private sector to ease bottlenecks in the development and delivery of low-cost vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics to reduce the burden of infectious diseases in poor countries or to reach women with the tools and technologies that enable them to thrive. We also invest in innovation to accelerate the development of proven technology solutions that improve teaching and learning.

The foundation is a learning organization and we are always evaluating our work and striving to do better. We have learned several valuable lessons about how to tackle inequity as a foundation, and our approach continues to evolve, based on new evidence and changing circumstances facing the world.

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BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bill Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Term: 2000 -


Board co-chair

Melinda French Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Term: 2000 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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