Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation http://www.kplu.org en CEO Jeff Raikes Retiring from Gates Foundation http://www.kplu.org/post/ceo-jeff-raikes-retiring-gates-foundation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nation’s largest charitable foundation has a job opening. CEO Jeff </span>Raikes<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2013/09/Jeff-Raikes-to-Retire-as-CEO-of-the-Bill-and-Melinda-Gates-Foundation" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">announced Tuesday morning </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that he’ll be stepping down after five years of running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.</span></p><p>Raikes started out as a Nebraska farm boy, and built a long career at Microsoft before transitioning to the Gates Foundation in 2008. He took over an organization ballooning in size, and he said one of his legacies is helping organize the foundation to support its enormous ambitions.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:33:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9940 at http://www.kplu.org CEO Jeff Raikes Retiring from Gates Foundation Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It http://www.kplu.org/post/why-bill-gates-thinks-ending-polio-worth-it Some critics say that ending polio has become Bill Gates' "white whale."<p>Why not just settle for the huge drop in polio cases that we've seen over the past decade and then spend money on other things that kill so many more kids, like diarrhea and malnutrition?<p>"Polio is special," Gates tells NPR's Robert Siegel on <em>All Things Considered</em>. "Once you get it done, you save $2 billion a year that will be applied to those other activities. Wed, 08 May 2013 20:06:17 +0000 8709 at http://www.kplu.org Why Bill Gates Thinks Ending Polio Is Worth It Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-wants-make-safe-sex-more-fun <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introduction.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">Grand Challenges Explorations</a>&nbsp;program. One of the goals for this round is to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/NextGenerationCondomRound11.aspx" style="color: rgb(51, 102, 204); font-weight: bold;" target="_blank">develop a better condom</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">“It is a bit unusual,” said Stephen Ward, the program officer with the Gates Foundation administering the project.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:10:27 +0000 Tom Paulson 7958 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-fueling-poverty <p></p><p>Melinda Gates is running full <a href="http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=5763">tilt against the Catholic Church</a> on family planning and now the philanthropy’s blog is pumping out this thinly disguised attack on, well, rich people. Something seems to be changing over there. The Gates Foundation is getting political. As the authors — Joe Brewer, Martin Kirk and Adriana Valdez Young — say:</p><p>“The depiction of poverty as a background reality with no human cause conceals the active role of decision makers to create and perpetuate it.”</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/jp/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-of-fueling-poverty/" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full story on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:31:25 +0000 Tom Paulson 7248 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-give-500000-support-gay-marriage <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(50, 51, 51); ">OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(50, 51, 51); "> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:17:41 +0000 The Associated Press 6806 at http://www.kplu.org Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) http://www.kplu.org/post/extreme-makeover-toilet-edition-courtesy-bill-melinda-gates <p>When you flush the toilet every day, you probably aren&rsquo;t thinking much about where your waste goes. But Seattle&rsquo;s Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation is putting that question on the international agenda.</p><p>They&rsquo;re donating more than three and a half million dollars in grants and prize money to help developing countries take advantage of new waste treatment technologies. A &ldquo;Reinvent the Toilet Challenge&rdquo; fair kicked off yesterday.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:01:13 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5982 at http://www.kplu.org Extreme makeover: toilet edition (courtesy of Bill & Melinda Gates) Why 'the Berlin Patient' is NOT heralding the end of AIDS http://www.kplu.org/post/why-berlin-patient-not-heralding-end-aids <p>Even though the AIDS epidemic is still spreading, the disease is not killing as many people as it used to, because of new drugs. And that&#39;s emboldened many leading AIDS researchers and policymakers to talk about ending the epidemic in the next few years.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5699 at http://www.kplu.org Why 'the Berlin Patient' is NOT heralding the end of AIDS Melinda Gates claims pushing birth control isn't controversial http://www.kplu.org/post/melinda-gates-claims-pushing-birth-control-isnt-controversial <p>Melinda Gates is promoting access to contraceptives around the world, and urging everyone to believe it&#39;s not a controversial step.</p><p>She&#39;s <a href="http://www.londonfamilyplanningsummit.co.uk/">co-hosting a global summit</a> on Wednesday in London, along with the British government.</p><p>The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation hopes to overcome religious and cultural resistance by saying birth control is simply one option that women want.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:25:55 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5552 at http://www.kplu.org Melinda Gates claims pushing birth control isn't controversial Exploring the Gates Foundation's connection to the Glaxo scandal http://www.kplu.org/post/exploring-gates-foundations-connection-glaxo-scandal <p>In a &quot;landmark&quot; legal case, the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty last week to engaging in <a href="http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/02/12525279-glaxosmithkline-settles-fraud-case-for-3-billion?lite" target="_blank">fraudulent, criminal behavior</a> which included covering up adverse drug side-effects, promoting ineffective therapies and hiding unfavorable data &mdash; and will <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html?pagewanted=all://" target="_blank">pay a record $3 billion in fines</a>.</p><p>An aspect of the story that seems to be underreported is that one high-profile Glaxo executive alleged to have engaged in misbehavior is Tachi Yamada, former head of global health for the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation who was before that head of research and development for GSK.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/the-gates-foundation-connection-to-the-glaxo-drug-fraud-scandal/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:05:23 +0000 Tom Paulson 5510 at http://www.kplu.org Exploring the Gates Foundation's connection to the Glaxo scandal How a passing comment on an old medical test won a $100K grant http://www.kplu.org/post/how-passing-comment-old-medical-test-won-100k-grant <p>Earlier this week, the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation announced the latest 100 <a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/press-releases/Pages/gce-round-8-winners-120509.aspx" target="_blank">winners of $100,000 grants from its Grand Challenges Exploration</a> program aimed at supporting high-risk, creative approaches to improving health and fighting poverty in poor countries.</p><p>Celebrated for funding &ldquo;<a href="http://www.geekwire.com/2012/tb-breathalyzer-wild-ideas-bankrolled-bill-melinda-gates-foundation/" target="_blank">wild</a>&rdquo; and &ldquo;wacky&rdquo; ideas, this year&rsquo;s batch of Gates Grand Challenge winners included proposals to develop, as the <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018168236_apusgatesfoundationchallengegrants.html" target="_blank">AP reported</a>, unmanned drones to deliver vaccines, tattoos for monitoring pregnancy and a &ldquo;tuberculosis breathalyzer.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/05/how-a-passing-comment-on-an-old-medical-test-won-a-100000-gates-grant/">Read more on Humanosphere.org</a></strong> Mon, 14 May 2012 20:30:54 +0000 Tom Paulson 5019 at http://www.kplu.org How a passing comment on an old medical test won a $100K grant Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy http://www.kplu.org/post/melinda-gates-jeff-bezos-dr-larry-corey-elected-national-academy <p>Three Seattleites are among the 220 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year: Melinda Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/04/melinda-gates-jeff-bezos-dr-larry-corey-elected-to-national-academy/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:30:43 +0000 KPLU 4788 at http://www.kplu.org Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy Protesters call upon Gates Foundation to sever ties with Monsanto http://www.kplu.org/post/protesters-call-upon-gates-foundation-sever-ties-monsanto <p>As part of a somewhat <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/374119822615946/" target="_blank">spotty call for a worldwide protest</a> against the practices of the multinational agricultural company Monsanto, about 40 protesters in Seattle descended upon the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to demand that the philanthropy sever all its ties with the firm.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/03/protesters-call-upon-gates-foundation-to-sever-ties-with-agri-tech-firm-monsanto/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Sat, 17 Mar 2012 06:05:24 +0000 Tom Paulson 4467 at http://www.kplu.org Protesters call upon Gates Foundation to sever ties with Monsanto Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-opens-doors-crack-new-vistor-center <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside &ndash; your time has come.</p><p>The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/?p=21816">Read more at KPLU&#39;s Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:55:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3994 at http://www.kplu.org Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center Gates initiative on 'neglected diseases' advances cause http://www.kplu.org/post/gates-initiative-neglected-diseases-advances-cause <p><em>&ldquo;These are not neglected diseases but diseases of neglected people.&rdquo;</em></p><p>For the <a href="http://unitingtocombatntds.org/downloads/press/ntd_event_london_declaration_on_ntds.pdf" target="_blank">London Declaration on Neglected Diseases</a>, the Gates Foundation pledged $363 million to support research into new treatments.</p><p>Drug makers pledged to step up research as well as to expand donation programs of medications to poor countries. And others such as the World Bank, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. and U.K. have brought the total estimated commitment to $785 million.</p><p>But we and others are wondering, What is a neglected disease? Some say cancer and mental illness are two of the largest neglected diseases that don&rsquo;t normally get lumped in the ill-defined category.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/gates-initiative-on-neglected-diseases-advances-cause-but-neglects-key-questions/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:54:17 +0000 Tom Paulson 3978 at http://www.kplu.org BBC looks at 'secretive' and powerful Gates Foundation http://www.kplu.org/post/bbc-looks-secretive-and-powerful-gates-foundation <p>The BBC report is a nice overview of how the Seattle philanthropy, in the last decade-and-a-half, has emerged to dominate the humanitarian arena. But it doesn&rsquo;t really break much new ground and follows on a number of similar, or harder-hitting reports, such as this much-cited series done last fall by Alliance magazine called <a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/12/a-close-hard-look-at-the-8000-lb-gorilla-the-gates-foundation/" target="_blank">Living with the Gates Foundation.</a></p><p>&ldquo;What we think is global health, how we define this mission, is increasingly decided by a relatively small number of Americans living in Seattle, Washington,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.cfr.org/experts/global-health/laurie-garrett/b1781" target="_blank">Laurie Garrett</a>, with the Council on Foreign Relations, told the BBC.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/01/bbc-looks-at-secretive-and-powerful-gates-foundation/#more-20906">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 01:00:35 +0000 Tom Paulson 3599 at http://www.kplu.org BBC looks at 'secretive' and powerful Gates Foundation