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Bill Gates Sr.

Title Co-Chair
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates Sr. guides the vision and strategic direction of the foundation and serves as an advocate for the foundation’s key issues. He first answered his son's request for help in using his resources to improve reproductive and child health in the developing world by directing the William H. Gates Foundation, which was established in 1994. It merged with the Gates Learning Foundation to create the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

Posts By Bill Gates Sr.

A Very Special Father’s Day Gift

I love Father’s Day because it is a reminder of how much being a father has shaped my life. One of those defining moments happened about 20 years ago....

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Global Mission, Local Roots

Bill Gates Sr. blogs about why Washington State's global health community makes him proud.

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Have You Felt the Give Effect?

Local inspiration and opportunity to give back to the Pacific Northwest: learn more about how you can participate in the Give Effect at the foundation's Visitor Center this December.

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Home Visits Help Kids Lead Healthy, Happy Lives

In 2010, the Washington state legislature created the Home Visiting Services Account. By matching and leveraging public and private funds to support home visiting programs, the account has helped Washington state invest 10 times more than it did in home visiting just two years ago. It is also one more reason why Washington state is seen as a national leader in early learning.

In fact, I believe this funding model holds such promise that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently made a multi-year contribution to the Home Visiting Services Account to help make sure more parents like Rosita and Gloria get the early support they want and need.

This week, the Home Visiting Services Account will announce its fourth round of funding in 18 months — $1.4 million in new grants will support evidence-based home visiting programs statewide and 300 at-risk babies will get a chance at a great start.

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Vaccines and the Heroes of Honduras

Every time children receive vaccines, they are given the chance to live healthy, productive lives. And, as you will see in this video, that chance is anything but make-believe.

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