We are a nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world.

We are a nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world.

For over 20 years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been committed to tackling the greatest inequities in our world.
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We can’t achieve our goals on our own. We work together with businesses, government, and nonprofits, and each partner plays a specific role in accelerating progress.
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With the economic recovery failing women, now is the time to act on gender equality

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely affected women more than men. To build a strong economic recovery, data shows we must advance progress toward gender equality.
By Melinda French Gates Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Women's Empowerment Collectives

What are women’s empowerment collectives and how are they helping women weather COVID-19?

Women’s self-help groups in the poorest countries are an important tool for promoting greater gender equality and have helped communities cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Katherine Hay Deputy Director, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Governments build roads and bridges. Why is another essential piece of infrastructure, child care, built on women’s unpaid labor?

The pandemic has been devastating to women’s employment. Unless governments and the private sector start to think of child care as essential infrastructure, post-pandemic recovery plans will falter.
By Anita Zaidi President, Gender Equality and Director, Vaccine Development and Surveillance, and Director, EDD, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Foundation facts

For the Year ended December 31, 2019. Amounts in thousands of U.S. dollars. Value of Grants total represents grants only.