Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

Foundation Guide

A Tour of Our Global Community of Giving

The Gates Foundation

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The underlying principles of the Gates Foundation are based on giving back to impoverished communities around
the world, and civic engagement and volunteerism constitute intractable components of the organization.

The Foundation’s work in developing countries concentrates on improving poor health and giving people a chance to break cycles of extreme poverty and hunger. In the US, the work focuses on providing underprivileged sections of society with access to opportunities to gain educational and life skills that will help them succeed in the future.

Supported Causes

  • Global Health
    (Tuberculosis, pneumonia, neglected infectious diseases, malaria, hiv, enteric and diarrhoeal diseases, discovery & translational sciences)
  • Global Development
    (Water, sanitation & hygiene, agricultural development, vaccine delivery, emergency response, polio, family planning, nutrition, financial services for the impoverished, newborn & child health, global libraries and integrated delivery)
  • US Education
    (Washington State, college-ready education, postsecondary success)
  • Global Policy & Advocacy
    (Regional offices, tobacco control, vaccine summit, charitable sector support, G20 report)

It’s important to note that the Gates Foundation invites proposals by directly contacting organizations, and occasionally authorizes requests for grants through its Requests for Proposals system . Grants or donations to individuals, political campaigns, capital/building campaigns or projects exclusively for religious purposes Individuals – do not qualify for funding requests. Only tax-exempt organizations are eligible for the Foundation’s grant/award programs.
Each application is assessed according to organizational focus, capabilities and strategic priorities, and the Foundation makes investments over a 4-phase process: Concept Development, Pre-Proposal, Investment Development and Management & Close.


The Gates Foundation has provided funding to thousands of causes since inception, including the following initiatives:

  •  The International Research & Exchanges Board (USA, 2014), $4,904,460 – Global development initiative for libraries
  •  Texas Biomedical Research Institute (USA, 2014), $1,854,359 – HIV global health initiative
  •  CIVITA (Global, 2014), $292,063 – Global policy and advocacy country programs
  •  World Health Organisation Nigeria Country Office (Global, 2014), $1,400,000 – Emergency response assistance
  •  Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo (global, 2014) $12,000,000 – Agricultural development
  • Seattle Art Museum (USA, 2009) $1,000,000 – Community grants
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation (USA, 2009), $149,000 – Community grants
  • University of Washington Foundation (USA, 2009), $13,000,000 – Study scholarships
  • PATH (Global, 2009), $750,000 – Family planning

The Foundation's History

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was launched in the USA in 2000, as the product of a merger between the William H. Gates foundation and the Gates Learning Foundation. It is one of the largest transparently run private foundations in the world. Its first projects included the provision of internet in US public libraries as well as the supply of simple medical treatments to people at home and abroad.

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