Is the Gates Foundation’s new visitor center inspiring, or insulting?
by Ansel Herz
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s six-floor headquarters, across from the Seattle Center, is an imposing complex of glass and curved architecture. Hence the need for an inviting, accessible new visitor center! Opening to the public this Saturday, the visitor center’s high-tech interactive exhibits invite participation, not just passive observation. But how exciting is philanthropy […]
Feb 3, 2012
Microsofties with global roots give back
by Allison Barrett
The last couple weeks have seen one former Microsoft executive become the Prime Minister of Mali and another hatch an ambitious plot to mine asteroids. Expanding from our rainy cradle in the corner of the country, the reach of our massive hometown software company transcends borders (and even outer space apparently). But some Microsoft employees […]
Apr 30, 2012
Seattle aid org says Central America needs our help
by Alex Stonehill
The Seattle International Foundation sounded alarm bells about the development situation in Central America at an event on Tuesday, where panelists called for Seattle-based aid organizations like the Gates Foundation to step up activities in the region. Tom Paulson, from our partner blog Humanosphere was at the Central America Donors Forum and filed this report: A few […]
Jun 21, 2012
Millennials go glam with Melinda Gates at Agency this Saturday
by Hallie Golden
On Wednesday, Melinda Gates announced in London that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to donate more than $1 billion to increase birth control access globally over the next eight years. On Saturday Mrs. Gates will fly back to Seattle just in time to celebrate the news with the young and glitzy crowd at […]
Jul 13, 2012
Seattleites and Ugandans join forces against Malaria
by Joy Portella
“Let me take you to Uganda with me.” That’s how Dr. Ben Khingi began his presentation last Thursday evening at the Washington Global Health Alliance. The crowd was mostly of global health professionals who were eager to join Dr. Khingi on his virtual journey. Through a series of startling images and vivid descriptions, Dr. Khingi […]
Oct 11, 2012
No on I-1240: Why charter schools aren’t the answer
by Devon Alisa Abdallah
Unless you are immersed in the education world, your exposure to charter schools might be limited to the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman. But with Initiative 1240 on the Washington ballot this year, you’re being asked to make a major decision regarding our education system with little information other than the ample evidence that our […]
Nov 1, 2012
‘I wish I had AIDS’: Is the global health sector neglecting non-communicable diseases?
by Joanne Silberner
International donors have made big progress against high-profile diseases like HIV, TB and malaria. But Cambodian doctors say non-communicable diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure are on the rise and going untreated.
Feb 25, 2013
Flood of health data reveals sickly similarities around the globe
by Sarah Stuteville
The same diseases that are the top killers in the US are now the leading causes of death worldwide as well. So is it a sign of progress or apocalypse?
Mar 8, 2013
Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment
by Lael Henterly
Earlier this week detainees at the Northwest Detention Center called an official end to their 56 day hunger strike in protest of conditions at the Tacoma facility. One of their stated victories was that the strike drew international attention to the private prison network operated by Florida-based corrections corporation the GEO Group. The storm of […]
May 8, 2014
Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback
by Anna Goren
A grassroots conference last weekend brought African farming leaders to Seattle to take on a green revolution they say is more about profit then poverty alleviation.
Oct 14, 2014
Saudi prince pledges $32B to charity, citing inspiration from Gates Foundation
by Venice Buhain
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced that he will pledge $32 billion to charity, including women's causes, citing the Gates Foundation as inspiration.
Jul 1, 2015
Kayactivists want Bill Gates to publicly divest from fossil fuels
by Goorish Wibneh
They even brought a two-seater kayak along for Bill and Melinda.
Oct 28, 2015
Seattle leaders urge Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels
by Goorish Wibneh
Bill Gates announced a multi-billion dollar initiative on clean energy, but Seattle leaders say his foundation needs to divest fully from fossil fuels.
Dec 1, 2015