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A New Home for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

May 31, 2011

Our new Seattle campus opens its doors this week, bringing staff together to collaborate with partners to help all people get the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives. Located next to the Seattle Center in the heart of the city, the new campus symbolizes the Gates family's commitment to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Bill and Melinda, and all of us at the foundation, know how incredibly special this state and its people are.

And while our work may span the globe, we also have a deep commitment to improving the lives of families and children in Washington state. In fact, we have invested more than $3 billion in organizations based in Washington, including around $1 billion to reduce family homelessness, ensure a quality education, and support the region’s most vulnerable children and families.

While many people are familiar with our global health and U.S. education investments, many aren’t aware of the work that foundation grantees are doing right here in Washington state.

One of these grantees is Building Changes, leading our efforts in the Puget Sound region to reduce—and ultimately end—family homelessness. Thrive by Five Washington is an excellent group working with the Department of Early Learning and other partners to create a coordinated statewide early learning system to help children get a strong education start. And the Community Center for Education Results (CCER) is an organization working to improve education in South Seattle and South King County. Through community support, CCER aims to double the number of students who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020.

These grantees and others are doing innovative work throughout the state to improve lives, and we want to take this opportunity to draw attention to their efforts. We’ve put together a slideshow to share more details about our local partners and their inspiring work.

Everyone at the foundation is excited to be in our new, permanent Seattle home. We encourage you to learn more about the new campus and some of our local grantees for yourself.

One of the ways you can do this is by attending our neighborhood welcome event. We are hosting this on Saturday, June 4. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of our new campus and learn from a number of our grantees based in the Pacific Northwest about the work they are doing to support people most in need—here at home and across the globe. If you haven't already RSVP’d for the event, you can do so now here, as registration closes at the end of the day Thursday, June 2.

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