Supporting Washington students

Supporting Washington students

Everyone should have access to the opportunities they need to design the future they want. That core belief drives the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work around the world and in our home state of Washington, where we work at the local, regional, and state level.

About Our Mission

What We Do In Washington State

Community Engagement Grants

Our Community Engagement team supports local nonprofits in the Greater Seattle region who are closest to the needs of their neighbors and neighborhoods.

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Education Grants

Education is essential to giving young people control over their own lives—today and in the future. We want to help more Washington students take the next step after high school to reach their education and career goals.

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Meet our local team

Our team lives in and loves Washington. From orchards to the outdoors, we love cheering for and exploring our state. Our goal is to help every student see a clear path to continue their education beyond high school and find success in the careers they choose.

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Featured Partners

Nine Local Food Banks

Due to ongoing issues tied to the pandemic, inflation, and the rising cost of food, our region’s food banks are seeing unprecedented demand.

Washington STEM

Nearly 90% of high school students in Washington say they want to continue their education after graduation. That’s what Washington STEM learned when they surveyed our state’s high schoolers. Young people are eager to pursue apprenticeships, career certification programs, and two- or four-year college degrees.


We supported Partnership4Learning to assist them in their mission to provide resources and expanding opportunities for education and training.

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