Updated at 1 p.m. January 5 with additional FY2016 grants reported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team awarded $68 million in 76 grants to more than three dozen organizations in 2016.
This report excludes multi-year grants approved prior to 2016 and global health/development grants to organizations based locally, such as PATH, foundation officials explained. In total, including global grants, the foundation has awarded nearly $1.5 billion to Washington-based nonprofits, school districts, agencies and universities in the last five years.
Based on total grant dollars, the top five recipients in 2016 were:
- Building Changes: $6,360,000 to provide support for systems innovation and sustainability of progress made in making family homelessness brief and one time in three demonstration communities of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties; $2,903,040 to sustain a data-driven culture in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties and help more homeless families find a safe place to call home; $900,000 to to support the development of Schoolhouse Washington, a partnership to address the academic and housing needs of pre-K-12 students in Washington state; and $100,000 to support the development of a framework to coordinate, align and rationalize all investments and work surrounding the Tri-County Family Homelessness Initiative for the next three years, 2016-2018.
- University of Washington Foundation: $6,470,875 to support publicly available coursework for early learning teachers and leaders; $320,000 to to develop understanding of the county's data systems by providing expertise in state-of-the-art technology and methods in large-scale data manipulation and analytics, cloud and cluster computing, statistics and machine learning, and visualization; and $159,667 to support research on higher education opportunities in the central Puget Sound (WA) area and to understand student and workforce needs for higher education in the region.
- Philanthropy Northwest: $6,523,515 to support provision of technical assistance and grants to build the community engagement and multi-sector collaboration capacities of community philanthropy organizations in Washington state.
- League of Education Voters Foundation: $2,221,000 to provide general operating support for the League of Education Voters Foundation; $50,000 to provide general operating support for the League of Education Voters.
- State of Washington Department of Early Learning: $2,177,000 to support preschool quality improvement efforts.