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March 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $47 million to private agencies working to prevent AIDS in India, said Rajat Gupta, who heads the board of Avahan, the foundation's India AIDS initiative. Avahan -- "call to action" in Sanskrit -- was launched as part of the Seattle-based foundation's $200-million pledge to fight the disease in India, where an estimated 4.6 million people are infected with HIV.
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March 9, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama enlisted the help of billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates in selling his education reform ideas on Tuesday, a move he hopes will help convince business leaders to get behind his plans. FOR THE RECORD: Obama's education push: In the March 9 Section A, the headline on an article about President Obama's efforts to promote his ideas for education reform said Bill and Melinda Gates accompanied him on a visit to a pilot school in Boston. Although, as the article stated, Obama had enlisted the help of the couple in selling his strategy, Bill Gates did not attend the event.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | Associated Press
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $10 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture planned for the National Mall in Washington. The grant announced Thursday will support the capital campaign for design and construction of the new museum. Allan Golston, president of the foundation's U.S. programs, said the museum will make the stories and history of African Americans available to everyone. Groundbreaking is expected in 2012, and the opening is slated for 2015.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | Associated Press
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving $10 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture planned for the National Mall in Washington. The grant announced Thursday will support the capital campaign for design and construction of the new museum. Allan Golston, president of the foundation's U.S. programs, said the museum will make the stories and history of African Americans available to everyone. Groundbreaking is expected in 2012, and the opening is slated for 2015.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it will allocate $29.6 million to expand its Early College High School initiative to more than 25 states. The program, which is aimed at increasing graduation rates, especially among African Americans and Latinos, allows students to complete up to two years of college during their high school years. Foundation officials said they expect to open 170 schools by the fall of 2008, serving 65,000 students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
Claremont McKenna College has received a $20-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund about 13 full scholarships a year for students who double major in a science and a non-science to tackle societal issues, officials announced Tuesday. Using the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarships, students could combine, for example, biology and economics for a concentration in healthcare policy.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1999 | From Associated Press
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the world's richest man, has created the country's wealthiest foundation, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Gates and his wife, Melinda, have consolidated their two charitable foundations and donated an additional $6 billion to the newly named Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing its total worth to $17.1 billion, according to a report published on the Chronicle's Web site Sunday and confirmed by a co-chair of the Gates Foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday it would provide a $900,000 planning grant to aid the Los Angeles Unified School District's efforts to create smaller high schools that emphasize personalized learning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Computer mogul Bill Gates' charitable foundation donated $1 million Monday to a Beverly Hills nonprofit organization founded by actor and director Rob Reiner to raise public awareness about the importance of early childhood development. With the grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the I Am Your Child Foundation will expand its promotion of good parenting techniques and its support for national groups and state agencies that focus on early childhood health and learning.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is expected to donate $42.6 million today to a novel nonprofit drug company that hopes to make a cheaper malaria treatment by applying a new biotechnology recipe to an ancient Chinese remedy. The San Francisco-based Institute of OneWorld Health will work with UC Berkeley and a small Albany, Calif.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2008 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Friday that it would greatly increase agricultural grants designed to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa and South Asia. The $306-million commitment over four years included $164.5 million to the Nairobi, Kenya-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, for efforts to improve soils and help small farmers boost crop yields. The Rockefeller Foundation contributed an additional $15 million to the effort.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2007 | Charles Piller and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
In a statement posted on its website, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has challenged portions of a Los Angeles Times article about Global Fund efforts in Africa. The Times report, published Sunday, said the Global Fund and other programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have had a mixed effect on key measures of societal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2007 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it would give $280 million for research and development of tuberculosis vaccines, diagnostic tests and drugs -- its largest package of TB grants ever. The grants are intended to accelerate recent progress in fighting the bacterial disease, which is among the world's deadliest, said Dr. Tadataka Yamada, who heads the foundation's global health program. TB kills 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
Claremont McKenna College has received a $20-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund about 13 full scholarships a year for students who double major in a science and a non-science to tackle societal issues, officials announced Tuesday. Using the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarships, students could combine, for example, biology and economics for a concentration in healthcare policy.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2007 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
Despite recent statements that it planned several changes, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will keep its current approach to investing its endowment, Patty Stonesifer, its chief executive, says. It would be naive, Stonesifer said in a letter published today on the editorial page of the Los Angeles Times, to think that changing the foundation's investment policy could stop the human suffering blamed on the practices of companies in which it invests billions of dollars.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2007 | Charles Piller, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Thursday that its investment team would consider new exceptions to the firms in which it invests its endowment. The foundation, whose investment policies were questioned Sunday and Monday in an investigative series by the Los Angeles Times, posted a second statement in as many days on its website to spell out its approach.
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said this week that it will donate $37 million to help create and sustain dozens of small elementary and secondary schools from Napa to San Diego. The largest single grant, nearly $16 million, will go to the Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools, a nonprofit group that plans to start 10 small schools in Oakland over the next five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2006 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday awarded $1.8 million to a Los Angeles charter school organization that is waging a battle with the Los Angeles Unified School District to create small, community-oriented high schools. The grant will support five charter schools opened this school year by Green Dot Public Schools near Los Angeles Unified's Jefferson High School, which has been beset with racial strife and low academic performance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today will announce a $1.3-million grant to Los Angeles schools to improve the teaching of algebra and other college-prep courses. The investment is modest compared to other Gates grants and even other school district initiatives, but marks a growing partnership between the nation's second-largest school system and perhaps the world's largest private philanthropic fund. The one-year grant will pay for teacher training and curriculum design.
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