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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a global philanthropy, but our roots are in the Pacific Northwest, where the Gates family has lived for generations. Here at home, we invest in improving education from preschool through college, preventing family homelessness, and strengthening community engagement, in order to ensure that every child has a chance to reach their full potential, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or family income.

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Teacher Tech Project

Ask-A-Teacher Help Desks and Resource Guides for the top 5 learning platforms, plus instructional modules to help teachers take their in-person practices online. By Washington teachers, for Washington teachers.

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Washington Census Equity Fund

The foundation is providing $750,000 to support 77 grantees across 83 grants, working in 36 of Washington’s 39 counties to reach historically hard-to-count communities.

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Angela Jones Selected as New Director of Washington State Initiative

At the Gates Foundation, we are proud to call ourselves “impatient optimists” – hopeful for the future, yet at the same time eager to make progress and improve lives as quickly as possible.

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May 2021 Newsletter: WA’s Legislative Session: Unprecedented progress

As we continue to emerge from this pandemic, our systems and policies are breathing new life and energy into Washington state.

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COVID-19 Response

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has provided over $5 million to local response efforts in Washington state, plus technical assistance from current and former employees, on top of our regular investments in education, housing and homelessness, and strengthening the nonprofit sector.

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