Bill and Melinda Gates’ divorce: What organizations could be at risk

After 27 years, Bill and Melinda Gates announced via Twitter they are getting a divorce stating, “After a deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage.”

Bill and Melinda are widely known for their philanthropy, and Time selected them as Persons of the Year in 2005. In 2000, they launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Furthermore, in 2020, the foundation committed $1.75 million in response to the pandemic to accelerate the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.

Many wonder what does this major life event means for their foundation and the charities they support. Rob Reich, a Standford University professor, states, “The divorce may have huge repercussions for the foundation and its work across the globe.”

Bill and Melinda have reassured their continuous mission with their foundation by saying, “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation.”

According to the Foundation’s Committed Grant database, below are the ten organizations that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports.

1. Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $750 million to Gavi in 1999 and has committed over $4 billion. The Foundation invests in vaccine discovery and the promotion of product innovation. 

2. World Health Organization

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the top donors to the World Health Organization and has donated over 16%.

In April 2020, the Foundation committed an additional $150 million of grant funding on top of the $100 million to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

3. The Global Fund

The Global Fund aims to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria as epidemics. The Gates Foundation has donated over $2.49 billion to The Global Fund.

Bill and Melinda have stated the Foundation’s investment is to “help achieve the goal of ending AIDS, TB, malaria, and making our world a more equitable place for people everywhere.” 

4. PATH (formerly known as Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)

PATH partners with various groups and businesses to help solve the world’s major health issues. The Gates Foundation provided a $120 million grant to PATH’s Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access.

The grant allowed the organization to focus on a range of vaccines to fight against various respiratory and digestive infections.

5. United States Fund for UNICEF

UNICEF works to deliver the essentials that give every child a chance in life.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation committed over $3.24 million to the United States Fund for UNICEF. 

6. The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

The Rotary Foundation provides services, such as clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, and works to advance understanding, goodwill, and peace.

In 2017, the Bill & Melinda Foundation committed up to $450 million to work with Rotary to end polio.

7. TB Alliance (formally Global Alliance for TB Drug Development)

The TB Alliance partners with various groups to help the development of new products for underserved markets. In 2006, the Bill & Melinda Foundation committed $104 million to advance the creation of new TB drugs.

8. Medicines for Malaria Venture

Medicines for Malaria Venture’s mission is to reduce the burden of malaria by developing and delivering effective antimalaria drugs at an affordable price. The Gates Foundation committed over $184 million to help develop and facilitate access to new antimalarial drugs.

9. John Hopkins University

John Hopkin’s University is America’s first research university. They have made many achievements, such as making water purification possible and developing a revolutionary surgical procedure to correct heart defects in infants.

The Gate’s foundation committed $20 million to create the Bill & Miranda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the John Hopkins University School of Public Health and $265 million overall to the university.

10. CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)

CARE’s mission to work around the world to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.

Also, they seek a world where people can live with dignity and security. The Gates Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gifted a $1.5 million grant to fund family planning and reproductive health services in Ghana.

Other Organizations

Their wealth has allowed them to make more efforts to help other organizations.

The Foundation helps other notable organizations are the University of Oxford, Population Services International, Emory University, United Nations Foundation, University of Washington Foundation, Cornell University, and so much more.