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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 | 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.

How Rich Are the 400 Richest Americans and How Do They Use Their Money?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Money
Lawrence Wittner

Not surprisingly, economic inequality is growing in the United States. From 1978 to 2013, CEO compensation, inflation-adjusted, grew by 937 percent, while the typical worker's compensation over that same period grew by only 10 percent.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations ever - ...

National Alliance Vows to Increase Degree-Attainment for Low-Income Higher Ed Students

Daniel Greenstein | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Daniel Greenstein

Co-authored by Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University The U.S. is facing substantial performance gaps within higher education. High-income...

Bill Gates Praises US Leadership In Ebola Fight

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact

Not everyone is happy with America's response to the Ebola outbreak, but Bill Gates isn't one of those people. While The New York Times called Amer...

Ebola Crisis: Idris Elba Goes Viral to Fight the Virus

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Elba says Ebola has hit home for him because his family is originally from Sierra Leone and he has relatives in the region. Sierra Leone is one of the four countries (including Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria) where a total of more than 5,800 cases of Ebola have been reported.

Debating Common Core: Beware Decomposing Numbers and Rinky-Dink Assessments

Alan Singer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Intelligence Squared U.S. sponsored a debate September 9, 2014 on the Common Core State Standards. Four participants argued whether American schools s...

The One Dangerous Thing Philanthropy Has In Common With Big Oil And Banks

Democracy Journal | Gara LaMarche | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working years trying to raise mone...