Historic Gift: Gates Foundation Gives $279 Million to University of Washington

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is once again shattering donation records at the University of Washington, this time with a $279 million grant to continue and expand pioneering programs that measure health around the globe.

The money will fund another decade of work at the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which was founded 10 years ago with a $105 million Gates grant that was at the time the largest gift in UW history.

That record was eclipsed three months ago by $210 million from the foundation for a new building to house IHME and the Department of Global Health — which was also funded by Gates.
“This is an amazing vote of confidence in the work taking place here,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said of the newest grant, which ranks among the largest single donations to any U.S. university.

It brings to $1.25 billion the total amount given to the UW by the Gates family and foundation over the past two decades. And that doesn’t include more than $100 million in gifts to the UW from Microsoft, the company co-founded by Bill Gates.

Gates money has funded everything from AIDS, autism and tuberculosis research to scholarship programs and the UW marching band.

Read the full story in The Seattle Times by Sandi Doughton, 1.25.17.

Photo Caption: Dr. Christopher Murray, left, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the UW, and Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann.(Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

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