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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.

Inspired By 'Giving Pledge,' Foundations Commit To Make Better Use Of Grant Money

The Chronicle Of Philantrophy | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact

The Giving Pledge has inspired yet another pledge for big donors: Today more than 60 of the country's foundations have signed Philanthropy's Promise, ...

We're Never Done

John Tarka | Posted 08.08.2011 | Education
John Tarka

In Pittsburgh, we've been forced to take risks to improve the chances for our students' success, and it's had a positive payoff.

Answering the Challenge for Small Farmers

Bill Gates | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

The vast majority of the poorest people in the world get their food and income from farming small plots of land. Helping these farming families grow and sell more helps them become self-sufficient and build better lives.

All Children Deserve Vaccines

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.05.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Now that several vaccine manufacturers are offering their vaccines at much lower costs, GAVI Alliance will be able to roll out the rotavirus vaccine, as well as other vaccines, for the first time ever in many of the poorest countries.

Gates Foundation Commits $1.7 Billion For Farming In Africa

AP | By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 08.02.2011 | Home

SEATTLE -- The world's largest charitable foundation announced five years ago it would spend millions of dollars to fight poverty and hunger in Africa...

Building A Better World By Supporting Farming Families

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Supporting farming families makes sense on many fronts. It not only helps farmers become self-sufficient, but it helps increase the prosperity and stability of countries in the developing world.

'Giving Pledge' Billionaires Gather For First In-Person Meeting

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact

What do dozens of American billionaires talk about when they get together? Their topic this week was of course money; not how to make it, but how to g...

Small Farmers Are the Answer

Bill Gates | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Many people don't realize it, but most of the world's poorest people are small farmers, and they can play an important role in cutting hunger and poverty.

In Honor of Mother's Day, Here's One Petition Every Mother Should Sign

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

A new promotional video released last week by the non-partisan anti-poverty organization ONE raises some important questions about Americans' view of foreign assistance in the developing world.

Q&A: What's On My Mind For Mother's Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

I recently sat down with foundation staff member Amie Newman to answer some of her questions about maternal health. It's a topic about which I am passionate.

So Many Guns, 6-Year-Olds Now Threaten Life

Paul Helmke | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Police continue to investigate how a 6-year-old armed himself, but here's something that's already clear. Guns are so easy to get, they can end up in the hands of a 6-year-old, turning the confines of an elementary school into a zone of discord.

Students Say High Schools Failing To Support Their Pursuit Of Jobs, College

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 06.19.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — Young adults say high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college,...

Making a Difference One Life at a Time

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Seven billion people live on the planet. And we want every one of them to have the chance to live a healthy and productive life.

Breaking the Silence Around Stillbirths

Melinda Gates | Posted 06.18.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Stillbirth is a devastating occurrence for families. Oftentimes mothers must suffer through this tragedy alone, facing blame, isolation and pressure to become pregnant again soon.

The Most Important Thing We Can Do To Save Millions Of Lives

Bill Gates | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home
Bill Gates

If the world comes together on a plan for financing development, the impact on health and development will be enormous.

Celebrating The Little Guy in Philanthropy

Stephen Paletta | Posted 06.12.2011 | Impact
Stephen Paletta

Why are we only celebrating the "big dogs" as philanthropists? Does it always come down to money?

Our Germs in the Gorillas' Midst

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

With the expanded use of life-saving interventions like the pneumococcal vaccine, we need to learn as much as possible about the remaining causes of severe pneumonia in children as we can.

Alex Wagner

Can Sal Khan Change America's Classroom? | Alex Wagner | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education

The battle over America's classrooms -- featuring broom-wielding reformers pitted against long-powerful teacher's unions -- has created a firestorm of debate around the question of how best to educate students and prepare them for the 21st Century. Sitting on the sidelines of this battle -- however quietly, for now -- is a man named Sal Khan. A one-time hedge fund analyst, Khan has become an unlikely hero in education circles for his innovative methodology, one that turns the classroom dynamic upside down.

A College Education: It's Not a Product; It's a Platform

Michael Roth | Posted 05.30.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Bill Gates has been calling for a targeted investment in the sciences and engineering. Steve Jobs recently emphasized the arts and humanities as essential to the success of his company. So is education a PC or Mac?

Student Retention: There's an App for That

Halle Tecco | Posted 05.28.2011 | College
Halle Tecco

We've seen new social technology and gaming to be remarkably engaging, if not downright addictive. In a world where "there's an app for that," education remains mostly untouched.