Alec Connon (right) helps tow an extra kayak for Bill and Melinda. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Gates Foundation divests from BP

News reports say the Gates Foundation Trust's holdings in oil, coal and gas stocks have dropped 85 percent since 2014.
May 17, 2016
Civic leaders and activists continue to urge the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuel investments. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

Seattle leaders urge Gates Foundation to divest from fossil fuels

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
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Kayactivists want Bill Gates to publicly divest from fossil fuels

They even brought a two-seater kayak along for Bill and Melinda.
Oct 28, 2015
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (center) has pledged $32 billion to charitable causes, including to 'empower women.' (Photo by Alwaleed Philanthropies, via Facebook.)

Saudi prince pledges $32B to charity, citing inspiration from Gates Foundation

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
A man in the Nyanza province of Kenya chews on sugarcane, an indigenous crop that is less visible since the promotion of AGRA hybrid crops throughout Africa. (Photo by Anna Goren)

Gates Foundation’s African agriculture agenda gets some blowback

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
A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Gates Foundation resists pressure to pull private prison investment

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
Bill Gates announces the release of the largest database of global health data ever compiled on Tuesday. (Photo by David Wentworth )

Flood of health data reveals sickly similarities around the globe

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
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‘I wish I had AIDS’: Is the global health sector neglecting non-communicable diseases?

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
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No on I-1240: Why charter schools aren’t the answer

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
A newborn in Amuria District Hospital, Uganda. The majority of Uganda's 100,000 malaria deaths each year are children under 5. (Photo courtesy Pilgrim Africa)

Seattleites and Ugandans join forces against Malaria

“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
Melinda Gates spoke at the London Summit on Family Planning July 11th. Photograph: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development via Flickr.

Millennials go glam with Melinda Gates at Agency this Saturday

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
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Seattle aid org says Central America needs our help

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
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Microsofties with global roots give back

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
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Is the Gates Foundation’s new visitor center inspiring, or insulting?

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