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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 Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
 
Grantmaking Areas

We also have a small Charitable Sector Support initiative.

Locations

  • Headquarters – Seattle, Washington
  • East Coast Office – Washington, D.C.
  • India Office – Delhi, India
  • China Office – Beijing, China
  • Europe and Middle East Office – London, United Kingdom
  • Africa Offices - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Abuja, Nigeria; and Johannesburg, South Africa

Leadership

Statistics

Current number of foundation employees: 1,211 (1)
Asset Trust Endowment: $40.0 billion (2)(1)
Total grant payments since inception: $30.1 billion (1)
Total 2013 grant payments: $3.6 billion (3)
Total 2012 grant payments: $3.4 billion (4)

Geographic Reach

The foundation supports grantees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Internationally, we support work in more than 100 countries.

Illustrative Grant Commitments

(1) As of March 31, 2014
(2) Endowment includes $1.6 billion from the first installment of the gift from Warren Buffett recorded August 24, 2006, the second installment of $1.76 billion recorded on July 11, 2007, the third installment of $1.8 billion recorded on July 1, 2008, the fourth installment of $1.25 billion recorded on July 1, 2009, the fifth installment of $1.6 billion recorded on July 1, 2010, the sixth installment of $1.5 billion recorded on July 7, 2011, the seventh installment of $1.5 billion recorded on July 6, 2012, and the eighth installment of $2.0 billion recorded on July 8, 2013.
(3) Figure includes other direct charitable contributions of $341 million.
(4) Figure includes other direct charitable contributions of $230 million.

 

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