Foundation Cares

Working Together in Our Local Communities

While the Gates Foundation works globally, we recognize that improving people’s lives often happens at the local level, where individuals take action in their own communities.

Our Foundation Cares program makes it easier for local NGOs and community organizations to connect with foundation employees and partners for opportunities including volunteering, site visits, speaking engagements, and board member matching. If your organization needs support in one of these areas, get in touch, and we will work to connect you with our employees or partners.

Working together in our global communities, we can solve our greatest challenges.

David Wertheimer recalls Bill Gates Sr.’s approach to philanthropy:
“those ‘numbers’ are our neighbors.”

David M. Wertheimer,
Director, Community & Civic Engagement

David has worked in the non-profit, government, education, and philanthropic sectors for more than three decades. He joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2006, focused on issues in Washington State, including family homelessness, early learning, education, and support for the local non-profit sector in order to improve capacity and outcomes. As Director of Community and Civic Engagement, he manages the foundation’s engagement in our home region.

Looking to Connect?

Are you associated with a nonprofit or community organization looking to connect with foundation employees and partners? Please use our Write to Us form to  let us know if you’d like to host a foundation group for a site visit, share volunteer opportunities with foundation employees, or invite a speaker from the foundation to visit your group or organization.

Please note: We are only able to offer opportunities to engage with our staff and partners in the countries where we host physical offices.
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