Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Location: Po Box 23350, Seattle, 98102 WA

EIN: 56-2618866

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Top descriptors for this funder

6Bureaucratic5Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field5Positive leader in the field4Culturally incompetent4Difficult to work with4Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues4Risk averse3Risk taker3Gives more than money2Worth the time to pitch2Repeat funding1"Gets" nonprofits and issues

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Aug 30, 2017 2

Reviewer 688 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I think it is very difficult to get funded by Gates Fdn. Requires strong alignment of what you're doing with their specific goals & interests.

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Positive leader in the field, Risk taker

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Jun 15, 2016

Partner or work closely with this funder

know which team at the foundation you need to apply to (spend time on the website), know the industry/space of the team you're applying to, ask for an introduction through that space, you will likely get a meeting or call to determine alignment. you need to be targeted in your ask and know the space.

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Repeat funding, Gives more than money


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Uses their language

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Jun 15, 2016 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2010

Take their $. Be careful not to let them co-op you!

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Worth the time to pitch, Multiyear funding


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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field

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Jun 15, 2016 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

To apply for a different grant unless you have the time, organizational capacity, and knowledge of how to really leverage this grant opportunity.

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Worth the time to pitch, Repeat funding, Positive leader in the field

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Jun 15, 2016

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They have been very responsive to our needs.

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Positive leader in the field

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