Empowering our local community.

Empowering our local community.

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Our Mission

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we’re working toward a world where every person has an opportunity to lead a healthy, productive life—a vision that is as important in our home state as it is around the globe.

Our Washington State work is built on the belief that every child deserves a chance to reach their full potential, regardless of their race, ethnicity, family income, or gender. A great education—resulting in college degree or credential—is still the ticket to a career that supports a family and fulfills your purpose and potential

Washington State is a place that values equal opportunity, progress, and innovation. But despite our commitment to these ideals, inequality is on the rise. Right now, students of color make up the majority in Seattle schools and surrounding districts, but race and poverty still predict student success—with academic gaps showing up as early as kindergarten. Research shows that students who experience the toxic stress of poverty or bias related to immigration, race, and gender have a harder time in school.

These issues don’t just affect our children, they hurt our economy, our quality of life, and our future. The industries that drive Washington’s economy—technology, science, health, and international trade—require a well-educated workforce. If we want to keep growing our economy and sustaining vibrant, healthy communities, then we must prepare our students with better educational opportunities from preschool on.

A great education system benefits all students, and we’re focusing our resources where they are needed most—with Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, immigrant, first generation, and low-income students.

When our students succeed, we all succeed.