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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $279M for UW's largest-ever private donation

Ten years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave what was then the largest gift in University of Washington history: a $105 million grant to create the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation. Last week the same foundation nearly tripled that figure with a $279 million grant to set a record again and fund the same institute for another ten years.

“This is an amazing vote of confidence in the work taking place here,” University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce said of the latest grant, which is one of the largest single donations ever to any American university.

In total, the Gates family and foundation have given $1.25 billion to the University of Washington over the past two decades -- and that doesn't include more than $100 million from Microsoft, the company Gates co-founded.

“(The UW) has a unique combination of being our local university and a world-class research center,” Melinda Gates wrote. “Recently, it’s done a great job using those top-of-the-line resources to solve the hardest, most urgent problems in the world.”

The Seattle Times has more.



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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

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