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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Resource:  http://www.gatesfoundation.org/about/Pages/foundation-fact-sheet.aspx

Foundation Fact Sheet

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 Jeff Raikes 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.
  • Avahan Initiative – Delhi, India
  • China Office – Beijing, China
  • Europe Office – London, United Kingdom

Leadership

Statistics

Number of employees: 1,058(1)
Asset trust endowment: $36.2 billion(3)(1)
Total grants paid since inception: $25.0 billion(2)
Total 2010 grant payments: $2.6 billion(4)
Total 2011 grant payments: $3.4 billion(5)

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 September 30, 2012.
(2) Through June 30, 2012.
(3) 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 and and the seventh installment of $1.5 billion recorded on July 6, 2012.
(4)Figure includes other direct charitable contributions of $103 million.
(5)Figure includes other direct charitable contributions of $170 million.

 

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