Bill Gates to honor India’s Modi despite Kashmir concerns
SEATTLE (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates aren't backing down from honoring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite concerns about human rights abuses in the disputed Kashmir region.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett is continuing to give his fortune away.
On Monday, he disclosed a donation of $3.6 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock to five...
NEW YORK (AP) — A former executive at the bankrupt private equity firm Abraaj Group has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in New York.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of New Orleans will receive a $150,000 grant to create an employment plan for disadvantaged youth.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Mayor LaToya Cantrell's...
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's Emory University received its largest one-time research grant with a $180 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will fund research and analyses...
MacKenzie Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity
NEW YORK (AP) — MacKenzie Bezos, who finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, is pledging to give away half her fortune to charity.
Melinda Gates talks ‘brash’ Microsoft culture in new book
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that she...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has made Fortune's 2019 list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.
The Independent Record reported on Thursday that Office of the Montana State Auditor...
‘Courage’ special brings author Brené Brown to Netflix
NASHVIILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brené Brown's books on shame, vulnerability and courage have given her A-list fans like Oprah and Melinda Gates and made her a go-to leadership consultant for both Pixar...
George W. Bush to honor Bill and Melinda Gates in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Center is honoring Bill and Melinda Gates with its annual award for those who work to improve the lives of others.
Schools Superintendent Johnson announces “NC2030” goals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elected public schools chief is holding up the goal of making the state the best to learn and teach in by 2030.
Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy giving
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good.
Warren Buffett has gifted $13.5M in stock since last summer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has given away Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $13.5 million to five different charities since last summer.
The gifts of Class B Berkshire stock were disclosed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. These relatively smaller gifts are part of Buffett's overall plan to give away his total fortune over time.
The five gifts disclosed this week were made between August and October. The gifts all went to unnamed charities.
With poo on a pedestal, Bill Gates talks toilet technology
BEIJING (AP) — Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a "Reinvented Toilet" Expo in China.
"You might guess what's in this beaker — and you'd be right. Human feces," the former CEO of software giant Microsoft said. "This small amount of feces could contain as many as 200 trillion rotavirus cells, 20 billion Shigella bacteria, and 100,000 parasitic worm eggs."
Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
Bill Gates gives $1 million to carbon measure
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has given $1 million to a November ballot measure in Washington state that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
Bill, Melinda Gates give $1M to Washington’s carbon measure
SEATTLE (AP) — Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have together donated $1 million to a November ballot measure in Washington state that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, wrote in a blog post last week that he would contribute to the Yes on 1631 campaign but he didn't reveal how much.
Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data
SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the world's largest philanthropy issued its latest "Goalkeepers" report on Tuesday, urging for more comparable student assessment data worldwide and help getting girls through their schooling.
Deal gives community college graduates shot at $10K degrees
JAMESTOWN, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina community college has brokered a deal to help its graduates earn bachelor's degrees for no more than $10,000.
The News & Record reports Guilford Technical Community College signed an arrangement with Fayetteville State University this week to join its $10K Pathway Plan.
Bill Gates directs education funding to poor US schools
SEATTLE (AP) — Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is now funding groups working directly with clusters of public schools in some of the most impoverished regions of the country. Many of those third-party groups already had relationships with the world's largest philanthropy, and some of the grants went straight to a school district and charter schools organization.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given another $3.4 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.
Buffett disclosed the annual gifts Monday. The biggest donation went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett also gave stock to his own foundation and to the foundations run by each of his three children.
AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement
SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is establishing a high-level panel co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and the wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make recommendations on ensuring "a safe and inclusive digital future."
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a news conference Thursday that he sees the United Nations "as a unique platform for dialogue in our digital age" and the panel as an expert group to make proposals to strengthen international cooperation.
ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers with the University of Maine are using an award of more than $430,000 from the National Institutes of Health to research immune responses to influenza.
The University of Maine says the scientists believe novel treatments that work independently of the effectiveness of current vaccines are important to controlling the spread of flu. Flu vaccines vary from year to year in effectiveness.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was chosen Monday to be the new chancellor of Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities, which have struggled with state aid cuts and to recruit students to its rural campuses.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education announced Daniel Greenstein will assume leadership of the system on Sept. 4. His salary will be $380,000.
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms.
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Gates, Zuckerberg team up on new education initiative
SEATTLE (AP) — Tech moguls Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday they will team up to help develop new methods for kids with trouble learning — an effort that will include dabbling into child brain science.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative intend to explore a number of potential pilot projects.
They'll focus on math, writing and brain functions — key areas of classroom learning that they note are crucial for academic success.
Bill Gates pumps $158 million into push to combat US poverty
SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates launched a new fight against systemic poverty in the U.S., with his private foundation on Thursday announcing millions of dollars toward initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for community activists.
Fort Lewis College names new president
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Fort Lewis College in Durango has named its next president.
The Durango Herald reports Tom Stritikus, deputy director of K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will take over Aug. 1 for President Dene Thomas, who will delay her retirement a month until July 31 to accommodate Stritikus' starting date.
Bill Gates’ investment firm ups its ownership in Ecolab
The investment arm of Bill Gates has increased its investment in Ecolab Inc.
Cascade Investment LLC — already the largest shareholder in the St. Paul-based global provider of water, hygiene, and energy products and services — purchased 694,343 additional shares of Ecolab for about $91.7 million on March 7.
The Kirkland, Wash.-based firm paid in the range of $130.56 to $132.80 per share, according to a recent filing from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Purdue researchers look to take grain storage bags worldwide
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University researchers who designed specially sealed bags to keep insects from eating harvested grain are looking to go worldwide.
$930K grants approved for Richmond, regional projects
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board has approved two grants totaling $930,000 for projects in Richmond and the Tri-Cities region.
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Warren Buffett has gifted $43M in stock since July
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away roughly $43 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock since last summer with the majority of that — $30 million — going to one unnamed charity.
The gifts of Class B Berkshire stock were disclosed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week. These relatively smaller gifts are part of Buffett's overall plan to give away his nearly $85 billion fortune over time.
UF gets $8.7M grant to improve food supply in Africa
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida has received an $8.7 million grant aimed at research that will reduce hunger in Africa.
The school said the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund hunger research over five years at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
The researchers will focus on developing healthier feed for livestock used by poor farmers in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, and creating more environmentally friendly farming methods.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Tuesday, Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday and United Way of Western Nebraska is joining the #GivingTuesday initiative. Established in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a national initiative for charitable giving. As an added incentive, Facebook is waiving all donation fees for donations made via the Facebook Donate button and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching charitable donations up to a total of $2,000,000.
Purdue professor receives $5M grant for grain research
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University professor has received a $5 million grant to help develop hybrid grain seeds that will resist parasite weeds.
Gebisa Ejeta received the four-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Journal and Courier reported. It is the second foundation that has donated to the cause.
Work remains to end polio once and for all
Oct. 24 is World Polio Day, a day to celebrate what's been accomplished in eliminating this crippling disease in the United States and the western hemisphere and to consider what work we need to do in the few countries where the disease still persists.
Since 1985, when Rotary International and its partners began work to eradicate polio, the number of polio cases globally has gone from about 350,000 to just 37 in 2016.
Obama: GOP’s efforts to repeal health care ‘aggravating’
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called repeated Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care law "aggravating" as he urged people not to be discouraged by unsteady progress as they work on pressing global issues.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has donated $3.2 billion worth of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.
Buffett disclosed the annual gifts Monday. The biggest block of shares went to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffett also gave stock to his own foundation and to the foundations run by each of his three children.
In an ongoing effort to increase awareness about the “Every Student Succeeds Act” in the Black community, the National Newspaper Publishers Association hosted a national town hall for Black parents at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Md.
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has canceled permission for foreign funding for one of the country's main public health organizations, whose donors include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It's the latest move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in cracking down on charities and nonprofits that receive funds from overseas and are often criticized for working against national interests.
Microsoft’s Gates appeals to Britain to maintain foreign aid
LONDON (AP) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates appealed Wednesday for Britain's leaders to maintain current levels of foreign aid, saying that it is a good investment for both the U.K. and the world.
Speaking to an audience of lawmakers, diplomats and aid workers at the Royal United Services Institute, Gates sought to counter recent arguments that Britain is wasting money abroad and should instead focus on problems at home.
Donors pledge nearly $200 million for family planning
BRUSSELS (AP) — Nations and philanthropists pledged close to $200 million Thursday for family planning at an international conference that aimed to make up for the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion.
Gates Foundation gives $279M to University of Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $279 million to the University of Washington to expand its work in improving global population health.
The grant funds another decade of work at the university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which provides critical data about the world's health problems and evaluates strategies to address them.
The grant announced Wednesday is the largest gift in the UW's history.
Buffett documentary will be shown in billionaire’s hometown
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — New Warren Buffett documentary will be shown in billionaire investor's hometown of Omaha.
The Omaha premiere comes one week ahead of when the film will debut on HBO. Buffett and his family is expected to attend the Omaha event at the Holland Performing Arts Center Monday night. A similar event was held in New York last week.