Bill & Melinda Gates Offer Up Record $20B To Mitigate Global Suffering
By Alexa Heah, 14 Jul 2022
Hoping to mitigate “the suffering people are facing right now,” Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, have announced they will be donating a record US$20 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The astonishing sum exceeds the duo’s prior commitment of US$15 billion last summer, and adds to Warren Buffet’s donation of US$3.1 billion just a month ago. In total, the foundation’s endowment is valued at US$70 billion.
By increasing their donation, Bill and Melinda Gates hope the foundation’s annual payout can increase by 50% over pre-pandemic levels to US$9 billion annually by 2026, in order to better respond to global crises, including that of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Other goals of the foundation range from fighting diseases, improving education, achieving gender equality, and reducing poverty around the world; in which the larger donation will aid in accelerating pandemic recovery efforts and regaining ground on focus areas.
“Despite huge global setbacks in the past few years, I see incredible heroism and sacrifice all over the world, and I believe progress is possible. But the great crises of our time require all of us to do more,” said Bill Gates.
“I hope by giving more, we can mitigate some of the suffering people are facing right now and help fulfill the foundation’s vision to give every person the chance to live a healthy and productive life,” he added.
Co-chair Melinda Gates, who has kept the Gates surname, concurred, saying: “Philanthropy has a unique role to play in helping people around the world recover from the pandemic and rebuild the underlying systems that left so many so vulnerable to begin with.”
“This additional spending support our partners’ important work to promote a fair and inclusive recovery and healthier, more equal future.”
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