The Science Philanthropy Alliance is honored to welcome the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as its newest member. Since its founding in 2013 with six members, the Alliance has grown to include 34 philanthropic organizations, each with a shared dedication to supporting fundamental science.
“The Gates Foundation and the Alliance have long enjoyed a close partnership to encourage philanthropic giving and support emerging philanthropists interested in science. It’s a privilege to welcome them as members,” said Alliance president France Córdova. “The Alliance’s membership base is a testament to the growing community of funders who understand the importance of basic research, which expands our knowledge and often leads to world-changing innovation.”
Based in Seattle, the Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. This includes investments in discovery and translational sciences to catalyze innovation for transformative solutions to global health and development inequity. Like many of the Alliance’s members, the foundation does this, in part, by investing in promising-but-higher risk initiatives that may be overlooked by other funding sources.
Alliance members fund the organization’s core work to share best practices, convene leaders across science and philanthropy, and build a collaborative community of philanthropists dedicated to basic science. This includes no-cost advising services supported by preeminent scientists to assist philanthropists in their giving to science.