|IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute)||3/2014|
|Seventh Sense Biosystems||12/2011|
Bill and Melinda Gates started the foundation because they believe every person should have the chance to live a healthy, productive life. All of the foundation’s grantmaking and advocacy efforts support this mission.
The foundation sets clear priorities because we can have the greatest impact by staying focused. Certain problems affect millions of people: diseases in developing countries, low high school graduation rates in the United States, low crop yields in Africa. In our priority areas, we work on long-term solutions for people with the most urgent needs.
The Gates Foundation makes grants in three program areas: Global Development, Global Health, and the United States. Each program area has a policy and advocacy team dedicated to raising awareness of problems and solutions to motivate change. Their work includes public affairs, to increase interest in the issues and strengthen the voice of the public; grantmaking to organizations that support our mission; and public education, to provide policymakers and others with information on issues.
Our grantmaking process involves four key steps: developing strategy, making grants, measuring progress, and adjusting strategy. Our approach emphasizes partnership, innovation, risk, and, most importantly, results. Achieving the results we want requires the flexibility to learn from mistakes.
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