Our Community

Change Begins at Home

Success depends on a strong non-profit ecosystem that values leadership, equity, and each organization’s capacity to tackle big problems. We invest in building capacity and leadership at organizations like the Rainier Valley Corps, Washington Global Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, Seattle CityClub, and many more.
In addition, our Seattle-based employees are engaged members of our hometown, and participate as citizens, customers, activists, donors, and volunteers—giving almost $5 million per year to locally based nonprofits like KUOW, Pride Foundation, Northwest Harvest, Rainier Scholars, Seattle Art Museum, and the Seattle Children’s Theater.

We grant about $300 million every year to Seattle-based nonprofits—building strong communities by investing in the organizations that know their communities best.

Local Roots, Global Vision

Seattle has long been known for airplanes, technology, and coffee; now we can add global health and development as a growing economic sector. Over the course of ten years, we have invested about $1 billion into our region’s global health sector, focusing on vaccines and public health data, with partners like PATH, the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, Malaria No More, and the Infectious Disease Research Institute.

Our grants to locally-based global health and development organizations have helped to yield extraordinary employment growth—according to the Washington Global Health Alliance, it’s now a $9.4 billion sector—and the cures, vaccines, and open access to all of our foundation-funded research will benefit children and families everywhere.

Our Kids

When families, schools, and communities work together in a nurturing and stable environment that supports each child—addressing their academic, social, and developmental needs from the very beginning—it creates a cycle of prosperity.

Our goal is to build a better public education system for all young people, and close the achievement and opportunity gaps that plague Washington schools.

In our home state, we focus on high-quality pre-K, more confident instruction in math, social-emotional learning, family homelessness, after-school programs, and connecting parents, teachers, principals and community organizations to develop the habits that support education wherever children live, learn and play.

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The Gates Foundation Discovery Center welcomes groups of all kinds to schedule a free guided tour from our education team.


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