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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 Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann 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.
  • India Office – Delhi, Patna, India
  • China Office – Beijing, China
  • Europe and Middle East Office – London, United Kingdom
  • Africa Offices - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Abuja, Nigeria; and Johannesburg, South Africa

Leadership

Foundation Facts (1)(2)

Current number of foundation employees: 1,453
Foundation Trust Endowment: $40.3 billion (3)
Total grant payments since inception (through Q4 2016): $41.3 billion
Total 2016 Direct Grantee Support: $4.6 billion
Total 2015 Direct Grantee Support: $4.2 billion

(1) As of December 31, 2016
(2) Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred million and include grants and direct charitable contracts, but not Program Related Investments
(3) Annually, the foundation receives an installment of the gift pledged by Warren Buffett. The endowment balance includes these donations, which were received as follows:

  • August 24, 2006: $1.6 billion
  • July 11, 2007: $1.76 billion
  • July 1, 2008: $1.8 billion
  • July 1, 2009: $1.25 billion
  • July 1, 2010: $1.6 billion
  • July 7, 2011: $1.5 billion
  • July 6, 2012: $1.5 billion
  • July 8, 2013: $2.0 billion
  • July 14, 2014: $2.1 billion
  • July 6, 2015: $2.15 billion
  • July 13, 2016: $2.17 billion

Geographic Reach

The foundation supports grantees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Internationally, we support work in more than 100 countries.

 

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