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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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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Recent Milestones



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  1. IDRI awarded grant extension of $3.4M for identifying new leads and drug targets for tuberculosis ( [edit]
  2. Firstmonie secures $12m grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  3. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates Put $9M Into EducationSuperHighway To Improve School Broadband ( [edit]
  4. Visterra Raises $8.1M in Series A Round ( [edit]
  5. ConnectEDU Receives $500K Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  6. Zyomyx closes Series 2 Preferred financing round of $12 million to enable launch of low - cost, rapid point - of - care CD4 test ( [edit]
  7. BetterLesson Books $3.5M From Gates Foundation for Educational Sharing ( [edit]
  8. SEC ( [edit]
  9. Inigral Secures Additional $3.25 million Investment ( [edit]
  10. Genocea raises $30M to advance herpes vaccine ( [edit]
  11. Atreca Receives $6M Investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  12. Seventh Sense Biosystems Receives $3.28M Grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  13. Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  14. Liquidia Technologies Receives $10M Investment from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( [edit]
  15. Inigral Raises $4m in Series B Financing ( [edit]
  16. NanoBio Receives $6 Million to Develop an Intranasal Vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) ( [edit]
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