OVERVIEW: One of the most well known funders in the world, Gates is generous to a select few.
IP TAKE: When you approach Gates, think big. The foundation is primarily interested in projects that are scalable, replicable, and will create lasting societal change in the world. Unsurprisingly, Gates also appreciates projects that incorporate modern technology and are accountable to measurable outcomes.
PROFILE: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a philanthropic force. One of philanthropy's most generous funders, the foundation seeks to reduce equity around the world. Specifically, Gates dedicates itself to ensuring more children and youth survive and thrive, empower the most vulnerable, combat infectious diseases, and inspire people to take action to change the world. The foundation's global presence is extensive with offices located in Seattle, Washington, D.C., Beijing, Delhi, and London.
With plenty of resources behind it, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants nothing less than to take on— and solve—difficult, entrenched problems. Through the foundation's Global Development program, Gates focuses on challenges related to extreme poverty and access to healthcare in the developing world. Gates funds nonprofits operating within a certain number of relatively specific sub-categories related to those larger challenges. Gates awards grants through the following Global Development programs:
- Agricultural development
- Emergency response
- Family planning
- Financial services for the poor
- Global libraries
- Integrated delivery
- Maternal, neonatal, and child health
- Vaccine delivery
- Water, sanitation and hygiene
Grantmaking through the foundation's Global Health and Global Development programs often intersect. For instance, Gates may award a grant toward polio eradication through its global development program rather than global health.
For a better understanding of what kinds of global development projects Gates seeks to fund, and at what level, grantseekers should read its comprehensive Grants Database. As evident from the database, Gates development grants are large, which is indicative of the scale and scope of its grantmaking
Gates can be contacted directly about opportunities. Additionally, Gates regularly posts requests for proposals as a means to support the foundation's strategies and giving priorities.
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