To reduce inequities and improve lives around the world. The work of the foundation is guided by two core values: 1) all lives, no matter where they're lived, have equal value, and 2) all people should have the chance to lead healthy, productive lives.
Bill Gates, co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation and his wife Melinda established the William H. Gates Foundation in 1994 to focus on global health and community needs in the Pacific Northwest. Three years later, Bill and Melinda established the Gates Library Foundation to help bridge the digital divide and connect public libraries in the United States with computers and training. In 2000, the two organizations merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which concentrates its attention on three areas: global development, seeks to increase opportunities for people in developing countries to overcome hunger and poverty; global health, which helps ensure that advances in health are created and shared with those who need them most; and the United States program, which is designed to ensure that all Americans have access to secondary and postsecondary education that can lead to marketable skills.
Outstanding Web Features:
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Web site features an interactive map and chart of the foundation's grantmaking. The bottom of each Web page includes tools that permit visitors to share news and announcements about the foundation via social networking sites. Grantseekers visiting the Gates Foundation site can learn how their funding works and review requests for proposals, search past grants, look for a scholarship, and apply for a grant. In addition, visitors can review Gates Foundation research and sign up to receive the foundation's e-updates.