WHATEVER THE CONDITIONS OF PEOPLE’S LIVES, WHEREVER THEY LIVE, HOWEVER THEY LIVE, WE ALL SHARE THE SAME DREAMS.
“As a dad, I work to protect my kids….For my daughter, I want everything. I want her to grow strong and healthy.”
Jorge Louis Alvarez
“Some people come and I tell them my status and they don’t believe it. They think it’s not true.”
“My hope is that one day soon, a healthy childbirth in my country will no longer be considered a stroke of luck.”
“After I obtain my B.A. in psychology, I plan to get my doctorate. My education will provide the quality of life my daughters deserve.”
“We can produce more food and generate income. And as a result, we can now send our kids to school and feed them nutritious food.”
Sapna Rani Roy
“When the library visits these small kinds of places, where there is no library and no access to technology, it really changes their lives.”
We see equal value in all lives. And so we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals around the world. From the education of students in Chicago, to the health of a young mother in Nigeria, we are catalysts of human promise everywhere.
letter from bill and melinda gates
Read the philosophy behind the philanthropy.
TO TURN CARING INTO ACTION, WE NEED TO SEE A PROBLEM, FIND A SOLUTION, AND DELIVER IMPACT.
From poverty to health, to education, our areas of focus offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. So we build partnerships that bring together resources, expertise, and vision—working with the best organizations
around the globe to identify issues, find answers, and drive change.
how we develop strategy
Learn how we determine where we'll make the most impact.
TO ME, GLOBAL POVERTY IS A HUMANITARIAN ISSUE. PEOPLE ARE DYING, AND WE CAN SAVE THEM, AND THAT OUGHT TO BE ENOUGH.
william h. gates sr.
We see individuals, not issues. We are inspired by passion, and compassion for the wellbeing of people. Our methods are based on logic, driven by rigor, results, issues, and outcomes. Our innovation means trying new things, learning from our mistakes,
and consistently refining our approach. Our strategies help us define our path to success, but our effectiveness is based in the aggregate power of our initiatives to impact holistic change.
how we measure success
Learn about how we measure results to inform and improve what we do.
DON’T JUST GO FOR THE SAFE PROJECTS, TAKE ON THE REALLY TOUGH PROBLEMS.
Our focus on economic empowerment unlocks possibility on the individual and communal level. Our work in the field of global health saves lives, helping families and communities thrive, both today, and tomorrow. Our efforts on education help ensure that
individuals have the tools they need to achieve the promise in their own lives.
our integrated strategies lead to impact
Lessons learned from polio can be applied to other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Progress happens when smart, dedicated people translate good intentions into concrete realities.
SUE DESMOND-HELLMANN, CEO
The problems we seek to solve are complex and demand the coordination and focus of many – leaders, governments, communities, and individuals around the world. Our work is challenging, but we know we can get there. We cannot succeed alone, but together
we can work for a world where all can thrive.
our blog, impatient optimists
Read stories from the people working every day to alleviate poverty, to promote health, and to help every student in the United States realize his or her full potential.
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