In 2018
More people than ever before were leading healthy, productive lives.

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that all lives have equal value.

This principle shapes our attitude and approach to the missions that drive our work: ensuring more children and young people survive and thrive; empowering the poorest—especially women and girls—to transform their lives; combating infectious diseases that particularly affect the poor; and inspiring people to change the world. We know we won’t achieve these ambitions doing the same things, the same ways.

Progress on the scale that we have set ourselves—to eradicate poverty, disease and inequity—demands alternative approaches, innovative investments, original ideas, scientific discoveries, technological advances, and much more. Over the last 12 months, there have been many breakthroughs. Among the highlights are a new, radical cure for relapsing malaria;

a new effort to expand economic opportunity to more Americans; and new vaccines, reaching new generations. Every day, our committed staff work with dedicated partners on a simple but powerful vision: a world where everyone has the chance to lead a healthy, productive life. This is their look back on a year filled with achievements. This is What’s New in 2018.

This principle shapes our attitude and approach to the missions that drive our work: ensuring more children and young people survive and thrive; empowering the poorest—especially women and girls—to transform their lives; combating infectious diseases that particularly affect the poor; and inspiring people to change the world. We know we won’t achieve these ambitions doing the same things, the same ways.

Progress on the scale that we have set ourselves—to eradicate poverty, disease and inequity—demands alternative approaches, innovative investments, original ideas, scientific discoveries, technological advances, and much more. Over the last 12 months, there have been many breakthroughs.

Among the highlights are a new, radical cure for relapsing malaria; a new effort to expand economic opportunity to more Americans; and new vaccines, reaching new generations. Every day, our committed staff work with dedicated partners on a simple but powerful vision: a world where everyone has the chance to lead a healthy, productive life. This is their look back on a year filled with achievements. This is What’s New in 2018.

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Foundation Facts

Numbers

Total Grant Payments Since Inception: $46B*

Foundation Trust Endowment: $50.7B

Total Annual Direct Grantee Support: $4.7B*

Current Number of Foundation Employees: 1,541*

Number of Program Strategies: 32

Number of Grantees: 1,089*

Offices

Headquarters:
Seattle, Washington

East Coast Office:
Washington, D.C.

China Office:
Beijing, China

India Office:
Delhi, Patna, India

Europe & Middle East Offices:
London, UK
Berlin, Germany

Africa Offices:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Abuja, Nigeria
Johannesburg, SA

Grant-Making Areas

Global Development Division
Global Health Division
Global Policy and Advocacy
Global Growth and Opportunity
United States Program

(We also have a small Charitable Sector Support Initiative.)

Geographic Reach

In the USA, the foundation supports grantees in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Internationally, we support work in more than 130 countries.

*as of December 31, 2017.
Most recent data available.