The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Private foundations get their money from a family, an individual, or a corporation; in this case, the Gates family. In 2014, the total giving for the foundation was $3,439,671,894, the highest of any US foundation. Although I didn’t get to speak with Bill or Melinda, I was directed to some excellent interviews they gave. I was looking for what inspired the couple, possible failures, and how they work together. Maybe you will be inspired to directly share your story on!


Multiple sources reported that Africa inspired Bill and Melinda Gates. In 1993, the engaged couple took a trip to Africa where they were struck by the poverty. Melinda asked Bill, “Does it have to be like this?” In 1997 they went to Africa again; particularly Soweto, South Africa. They witnessed a hospital treating TB which was overwhelmed by the number of patients.


In an nterview with Charlie Rose, Melinda said,

“When you see those moments of heartbreak… that’s what propels you in the work. That’s what makes you say, ‘How can I help not just the 100 people in that hospital, but how can I help thousands and millions?’”

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When asked how they decided what to focus on, Bill answered that they looked at 2 things:

  1. What are the biggest inequities, globally?
  2. Equal opportunities in the United States.


Bill has been most moved by the mortality rate of children under 5 years old. This is what he calls an “invisible cause” because it is not a cause most people are familiar with. People normally gravitate towards donating when disaster strikes, which is great, but there is need beyond that. He is happy to report that the mortality rate of children under 5 years old is on a decreasing trajectory. He sees increasing generosity towards invisible causes, now.


Bill has been known to concede that they were naïve when they began the foundation. He said, “It’s been a learning process…” In a TED talk, he told listeners that he believes he was naïve about trying to wipe out Leishmaniosis in India. He reported that they wasted $60 million and 5 years on a vaccine that had to be administered every day for 10 days with modest benefit. The solution, they later found, was eliminating the sandflies that spread the disease.

Bill and Melinda Gates

You may think that working together as a couple was a challenge? Not for Melinda and Bill Gates. They enjoy it. Their working relationship can be a model for foundations. In their TED talk, Melinda said, 

“I know whenever I come home [from traveling for the Foundation], Bill is going to be interested in what I learned; whether it’s about women or girls, or something new about the vaccine delivery chain, or this person who is a great leader, he’s going to listen and be really interested…We have a collaborative relationship.”

If you want to learn more about Bill and Melinda Gates, check out Bill and Melinda Gates (True Books: Biographies). You’ll learn about their childhoods and how they became the prominent philanthropists they are today.

Don’t forget to share your story at In addition to the points of view of small businesses and nonprofits, we’d like to hear from the funding sources: the foundations. What type of foundation are you? What inspired you to begin? What have been some of your challenges? Be sure to share your path on

About the Author: Sabeen is currently an MPH student with a background in Mass Communications. She writes for and its affiliates.


We Want to Hear from Researchers and Writers is looking for articles from researchers and writers who who have written the needs sections of successful grant proposals.  The needs sections of federal proposals drive the goals, objectives, program activities and the evaluation objectives.

According to Libby Hikind, CEO and founder of, and four other grants websites;

Having been a federal grant reviewer myself – I have seen first hand when the proposed program will not meet the needs of the target population.  We can predict this when each grant section was written by a separate individual in an organization that obviously had little or no communication.


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If you’re a researcher:

  • We’d love to hear about your hypothesis and how it drove the grant proposal.
  • Did you write the grant yourself or did you have help?
  • What guides did you use?
  • Who reviewed your grant?
  • Was there a peer-reviewed process?
  • If you were successful in acquiring a grant, do you have tips for anyone else applying for a research and evaluation grant?

We want to hear from health researchers, training researchers, teachers who show excellence in research, and more!

If you have a story to share, do it at

The following are examples of grants under Research and Evaluation at

Grants to USA Individuals and Institutions to Inform on Improvements to Health Care, Delivery, and Policy

Deadline: 07/11/2016

Awards to Individual USA Researchers for Publications Promoting Animal Health

Deadline: 07/13/2016

Grants to USA Hospitals, Institutions, Scientists, and Professionals for Neonatal Research

Deadline: 07/15/2016

Award to A USA, Canada, or International HR Scholar for Significant Research Contributions to the Field

Deadline: 07/15/2016

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Showcase Your Cause

The following organizations recently benefited from the free publicity at Bottomless Closet of NYC and the Great Give.

Bottomless Closet is a NYC nonprofit helping disadvantaged women prepare for job interviews. After we received a press release from them about their newly appointed Executive Director, we wrote an article about it. In the article, we showcased what Bottomless Closet does and attached links where viewers could go to their site and learn more.

Similarly, the Great Give was a 24 hour fundraising drive for nonprofits in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida. We wrote a promotional article for their event which gave them free publicity, as well. It was a successful event with over 500 participating nonprofits.


Published Authors

Recently, we had Ellen Karsh, co-author of the book: The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need, write an article for us about how grant writers can learn a thing or two from the presidential candidates. In the article, she mentioned how colloquialisms don’t go over well in grant writing and, although presidential candidates make grandiose promises, how grant writers should stay away from doing the same. It made for a very fun read!

You can write for and receive free publicity. is the premier newspaper for nonprofit and business leaders. is an online newspaper dedicated to nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals. Experts provide unique expertise and experience within this field. Professors, doctors, research scientists and other virtuosos have written on various topics for Also, published authors write for

Just sign up as a writer and pitch your article.


  • New trends within the nonprofit community;
  • Grant writing, crowdfunding, and social media tips to share;
  • A model educational initiative;
  • A great new program that just got funded;
  • A foundation or government agency with a new grant offering;
  • A new government initiative that will affect the nonprofit community;
  • The impact that grant funding had for you and/or your organization; and
  • Insights that will help organizations and businesses build capacity to accomplish their mission

Unpublished Authors

At unpublished authors in the nonprofit and small business community can become published.

Halie Zenz, a volunteer for the Ohio organization, Guiding Light, wrote an article about domestic violence nonprofits finding grants. In the article, our editors showcased this organization on the other sites affiliated with,,, Uhelpfund. These other sites are additional tools an organization in the grant application process can utilize. These are also sites you can write for at!

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