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Opt Out and Save Democracy

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If enough parents are willing to join the movement, keep their children home on test days, ignore the threats, the battle lines will be clear. School officials, local school boards, state legislators and members of Congress will be faced with a real school choice: Whose side are you on?

Melinda Gates Shares Personal Reason She Wants All Women To Have Access To Birth Control

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Melinda Gates understands why contraceptives are vital to the health and well-being of women in the developing world. Her own life would be different ...

Not There. Yet.

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Natalie Pace

Imagine a world where the celebrity faces that were missing from the ad campaigns today were gone forever because of something routine, like a hemorrhage, that could have been managed in a hospital setting or with an experienced midwife.

Reviving the Library in Greece: The Future Is Now for the Future Library Network and the INELI-Balkans Project

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Sara Lee Bentley

One of the milestones of childhood is when a child learns to read. It starts out simply; the mere act of spelling out his/her own name and then reading it off a piece of paper is met with much fanfare by the child's parents and teachers. Single words soon turn into whole books.

The Positive Impact Of Vaccines, In One Stunning History-Soaked Photo

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts

Beloved portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz often captures celebrity subjects before her noted lens, having snapped cultural icons ranging from John...

Why Rescue the Latest Failed 'Chief for Change'?

John Thompson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Tulsa's choice is doubly perplexing at a time when the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, Lamar Alexander, is crafting compromises that will undo the policies that coerced states into adopting value-added evaluations, and pulling the plug on the failed SIG that Gist promoted.

HIV-Related Breakthroughs, Habits and Statistics Point to Need for Preventive Medicine Education

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Wren Collins

The solution to combatting the ignorance and rising numbers of HIV infected individuals will always come down first and foremost to the practice of preventive medicine, which begins with education.

Investments In Equity Will Impact Half a Billion Lives

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Gavi has worked to lower these barriers, leveraging an innovative business model that finances the introduction of new vaccines in developing countries, while simultaneously reshaping the vaccine market. The three inequities remain relevant today, however, and underscore the urgency and significance of what Gavi does.

Bill Gates, Other Donors Pledge Record $7.5 Billion To Vaccinate Poor Children

AP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

BERLIN (AP) -- Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a glo...

WATCH: Why Eradicating A Disease Is So Hard

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Howard

We've done it before. In 1980, the world wiped the devastating disease smallpox off the face of the earth -- making it the only human disease eradicated in history. So what does it take to destroy another human disease again?

I'm All in On Women

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Sandwiched between the State of the Union address and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is another January tradition: the release of Bill and Melinda Gates' Annual Letter.

Making Wealth Worth More for Social Impact

Sal Giambanco | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Sal Giambanco

Making a lasting positive change in people's lives often comes down to making small, practical changes in their day-to-day routine.

Jacqueline Howard

Empowering Women And Girls Is The Key To Ending Poverty, And Here Are Numbers To Prove It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 01.28.2015 | Impact

The lives of people in some of the world's poorest countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history, according to ...

Gates Annual Letter's Big 2030 Health Goals: How Do We Get Them Done?

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We see the most effective way to reach these goals is to put authentic, humble, and proactive cause-based collaboration at the center of how we work. We've seen this work well in the case of malaria.

Melinda Gates Speaks Out Against The Anti-Vaccine Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Expanding the accessibility of vaccinations throughout the developing world has been one of the repeated goals of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundatio...

Melinda Gates: Contraception Debates In The U.S. Hurt Women Internationally

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.22.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Earlier this month, the GOP-dominated Congress started its new legislative session by introducing five anti-abortion bills. Meanwhile, states like Tex...

Bill Gates Makes Bold Bet About Ending Poverty, And Tech Plays A Big Role

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact

Technological advances will drastically change life in the developing world by 2030. Bill Gates is betting on it. In the 2015 Gates Annual Let...

How America's Most Powerful Philanthropists Share Power

Steven Crandell | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Steven Crandell

When a couple decides to give together, altruism often dominates their thoughts. But issues of power and control will guide the actual giving. With any pair of partners -- even Bill and Melinda Gates -- it's important to ask: how will decisions be made?

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History

Jason Schmitt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Jason Schmitt

The music business was killed by Napster; movie theaters were derailed by digital streaming; traditional magazines are in crisis mode--yet in this digital information wild west: academic journals and the publishers who own them are posting higher profits than nearly any sector of commerce.

Giving Tuesday Raises $45.7 Million, Gives Black Friday A Run For Its Money

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact

Once again, consumers proved that they could save a little room to give back after the holiday shopping rush. The third annual Giving Tuesday event...

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

Why Are Women and Children Still Dying?

Denise Dunning | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Saving the lives of women and children takes financial resources, political will, and savvy advocates who are undaunted by the enormity of the challenges they face.

Common Core: It Really Is All About the Tests (and Corporate Profits)

Alan Singer | Posted 01.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

There may be aspects of the Common Core Standards that are useful to students and teachers. The problem is that student learning is just collateral damage. From the start, Common Core has always been primarily about corporate profits and high-stakes testing.

Tom Tierney, Chairman and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group & Co-author, Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results

Ann Paisley Chandler | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Ann Paisley Chandler

Tom Tierney is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999, he co-founded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact.

Billion Dollar Blow Out

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

If you had a billion dollars, would you give it all away? Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates did it and then asked others to do it.