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A Call To Action In Advance Of World Polio Day

Bill Gates | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

World Polio Day is simultaneously a celebration and a call to action. It's a celebration because in the past 20 years, polio cases are down 99 percent. But it's also a call to action because we haven't done enough yet.

Digital Badges: The Great Equalizer?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to "blow-up" our antiquated college admissions process. The archaic ritual of getting into college by SAT/ACT scores and GPAs has outlived its usefulness.

Eradicating Malaria Is Possible

Bill Gates | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

We have never had a vaccine for a parasitic disease, and the scientific complexity is dizzying. But at this week's Malaria Forum, I was pleased to announce the interim results of a trial for a vaccine candidate.

Why Chocolate May Become A Luxury Item

The Huffington Post | Tara Kelly | Posted 12.03.2011 | Green

Chocolate lovers, embrace those chocoholic fixes now. A recent report from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture predicts it could become ...

The U.S. Economy and Public Education

Bill Gates | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

The numbers don't lie. Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education. And the need for highly-skilled workers is growing.

Childhood Deaths Continue to Decline, But Are We Doing All We Can?

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Each year, I eagerly await the publication of one number: the number of childhood deaths around the world.

How I'm Helping Others By Joining Twitter

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

There is not a moment to waste when millions of people's lives and futures are at stake. This impatience is why I'm happy to be joining Twitter officially today as @melindagates. After all, what's more impatient than a tweet?

Somalia: History, Humanity and Hope

Tomekia Lynn Strickland, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Black Voices
Tomekia Lynn Strickland, M.D.

Learning of the famine in Somalia left me searching for a better understanding as to how the famine developed and how mass starvation could still exist in modern society.

Supporting Health Workers on the Frontlines

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.15.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today, millions of preventable child deaths and hundreds of thousands of needless maternal deaths still occur each year. To dramatically reduce these deaths, the world desperately needs more heroes on the front lines.

New Groups Giving Teachers Alternative Voice

Education Week | Stephen Sawchuk | Posted 11.12.2011 | Education

In times of great uncertainty for U.S. teachers, who speaks for them? The question is almost axiomatic in its simplicity, but the answer is far less c...

The 1% Solution: Empowering a New Generation of Philanthropists

Paul Lamb | Posted 10.19.2011 | Impact
Paul Lamb

Such giving levels are affordable for even many struggling students. And the team approach better engages the donor and encourages a culture of giving.

Are You an Impatient Optimist?

Melinda Gates | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

In my work at the foundation, I'm proud to highlight voices of the global effort to alleviate poverty, promote health and ensure that every student in the U.S. has an effective teacher. Witnessing this life-saving work firsthand has made me an optimist.

Four Myths of Education Reform Nobody Is Talking About

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Amanda Moreno, Ph.D.

Reformers need to get their argument straight: Is the system broken and therefore needs a radical change, or does the system work just fine as it is so long as you add more enforcement?

16 Health Causes Celebs Stand For

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 10.03.2011 | Healthy Living

On November 7, 1991, basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, announced that he was retiring from the Lakers due to his HIV-positive status: “...

A Framework for Preparing Low-Income Youth for Green Jobs and Green Careers

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Sally T. Prouty

One of the biggest challenges in today's world is figuring out how to connect people to jobs. According to reports at the recently held Clinton Global...

More Than a Goal: End Polio

Bill Gates | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Stopping the fight now is simply not an option. If we don't do the really hard work to eradicate polio now, the disease will come back with a vengeance. Polio anywhere is a threat everywhere.

WASH for Life: Testing Promising Solutions and Scaling Proven Successes in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Maura O'Neill | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

Proper access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services is critical to saving lives. These failings have a profound effect on the health of people around the world.

Gates Foundation Gives Millions For Research On Malaria, HIV, More

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact

SEATTLE -- Using microwaves to kill malaria parasites and developing a way to give fetuses immunity to HIV are among the dozen ideas the Bill & Melind...

Crisis Philanthropy: Partnerships & Co-Investment

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.05.2011 | Impact
Michael Likosky

Tough economic times demand that not only foundations but also individuals and governments embrace this leveraging. I call this new approach to giving Crisis Philanthropy.

Predicting Student Success With Credit Score Calculators

Education Week | Sarah D. Sparks | Posted 08.30.2011 | Education

Editor's note: This article has been truncated. Please read the full story at Education Week. The use of analytic tools to predict student performa...

The Future of Funding: Development Aid as an Investment

Dan Silverstein | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

There is an intriguing dynamic developing in our nation's capital among the three major influences that could end up changing the future of Ameri...

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Billionaire Bill Gates

Posted 08.13.2011 | Technology

You might have heard that Bill Gates and Bono are buddies -- the two philanthropists, along with Melinda Gates, were named Time's 2005 persons of the ...

Vaccines Save Lives: Every Child, Everywhere

Bill Gates | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

With the continued generosity of donors and the commitment of developing countries to reach every child, everywhere, the world will reach the point where the circumstances of a child's birth have nothing to do with whether he or she gets lifesaving vaccines.

Education Is Not a Consumer Product

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Now, courtesy of Gates and others, we're on the front edge of an analogous privatizing wave that will drown public education. Once it's gone, we'll never get it back.

10 Years of Vaccine Progress in 10 Days

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Finding the right balance between affordable prices, innovation, and supply security will require hard work, patience, and a long-term view.