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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

My Giving Story

Sue Desmond-Hellmann | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Generosity isn't just about money; it comes in all shapes and sizes.

World Pneumonia Day 2015: Stronger Than Ever, 6 Years In

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

After six years -- and dozens of media conferences, celebrity endorsements, and marches on parliaments around the world -- thousands of people have joined the fight.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Watch Polio Disappear From 125 Countries

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.24.2015 | Impact

Saturday marks World Polio Day and health advocates have good reason to celebrate considering that cases have decreased by more than 99 percent in les...

Focus Forward: Ushering in a New Era of Equitable, Quality Care for Women and Children

Mariam Claeson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Impressive gains have been made in maternal and child health over the last decade. Thanks to the tireless efforts and cooperation among policymake...

My 10 Cent Request to the 'SUPER GIRLS' of Davos

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

October11 was the International Day of the Girl, sadly more than a billion girls and young women had nothing to celebrate. They have not been invited to share the wealth of opportunities that all human beings deserve.

In the Aftermath of a Tragedy, Hope Survives in These Young Girls

Ketaki Desai | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Ketaki Desai

When I first met Bibhuti, I realized within minutes that his passion for educating and mentoring girls in some of the most impoverished parts of Nepal came from something far deeper than just giving back to his home country.

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Growing Influence of a Network of Private Actors on Public Education

The Conversation US | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.

Tackling the Resistance to Paid Leave

Shifra Bronznick | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Shifra Bronznick

Many CEOs haven't considered paid leave because they assume it would add cost to an already stretched budget. But in more than 80% of the cases, when employees of an organization are on leave, they are not replaced. Instead, their work is divided among colleagues, deferred, or front-loaded. There is little additional cost to the employer.

Can You Beat Bill Gates's Score On This Quiz?

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact

This quiz originally appeared on The U.N. aims end poverty by 2030, and the roadmap to get there includes adhering to this set of glob...

How Can Hispanics Get Ahead in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

If we are going to prepare our students for the global marketplace, we must address the challenges minority students face, find ways to keep them in high school, and then support their transition to higher education--whether traditional four year college or vocational training.

The Time Has Come to Scrap FAFSA

Bob Hildreth | Posted 09.04.2015 | College
Bob Hildreth

Much of the concern about the FAFSA is about just how long and complicated it is. There are 108 questions, many of which have little or no impact on student aid eligibility but which are difficult to understand and to answer.

Giving Newborns the Best Start in Life Involves Breastfeeding

Mariam Claeson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

We know breast milk is the best source of nutrition for all newborns, regardless of where they live. While global breastfeeding rates are lower than they should be, and have remained stubbornly flat, some countries--particularly in Latin America--have instituted progressive policies to support mothers, leading to higher breastfeeding rates.

How to Kick Polio: My Stroll with Kelechi Uhegwu

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Ebenezar Wikina

World Polio Day is slated for October 24th but I think this stroll cannot wait till then. Kelechi was diagnosed with polio when she was just over 1 year old, and three decades after that diagnosis she tells me how she's been able to surmount the challenges life has brought her way.

The New Son of Bill & Melinda Gates: A War Child Seeks The American Dream

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

When I close my eyes to sleep, I dream of a new reality in which Bill Gates and his wife Melinda French Gates are my parents. I imagine that I was born and raised in a wealthy family, attended elite private schools, and have a multi-million dollar trust fund.

We Need More College Graduates

Linda Katehi | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Linda Katehi

It is college commencement season, a glorious time of year, when spring flowers and joy are blooming on campuses across the nation. For millions of diligent college students, hearing their names called and being handed a hard-earned diploma is a watershed moment. It is a genuine cause for celebration for students and their families.

Warren Buffett Praises Bill Gates For Putting In 60-Hour Weeks To Help Save World

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact

Billionaire Warren Buffett has long been a fan of philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, but he spelled out exactly why he adores the generous power ...

More Billionaires Agree To Give At Least Half Their Wealth To Charity

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact

Another round of billionaire business leaders have committed to giving away a significant portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Hamdi Uluka...

Bill Gates' Foundation To Double Dollars Spent On Fighting Hunger

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact

By Joseph D'Urso LONDON, June 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Melinda Gates announced on Thursday that her and husband Bill's foundat...

An Imagined Interview With the New New York State Education Commissioner

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

This has to be an imagined interview. There were no open meetings with candidates where they were required to lay out their views about educational issues to the public.

Successful Women Outside the Boardroom

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Geri Spieler

We too often equate wildly successful women with business acumen. In fact, there are many successful women outside the boardroom who have great success stories who are not part of the world of business.

Bill Gates: Autopsies Could Save Countless Lives

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact

Bill and Melinda Gates believe that performing "minimal autopsies" on dead children could save countless lives. Last week, the Gates Foundation a...

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

Education as a Data-Driven Enterprise

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
John Bridgeland

Over the last fifteen years, the private and public sectors have worked effectively to make education a stronger data-driven enterprise in areas related to the challenge of high school dropouts.

If We Take This One Step, Bill Gates Says We Could Save 21 Million People From AIDS By 2030

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact

Saving millions of lives from AIDS is most certainly in our reach, according to Bill Gates -- we just have to up the resources aimed at ending the vir...