Our Work in North America

The foundation’s North America team focuses on policy and advocacy, and communications efforts in the United States and Canada to reduce inequity in North America and around the world. The North America team focuses on government relations, policy and advocacy, communications, and public outreach to support the foundation’s efforts in North America. The team also works to ensure funding from sources in the United States and Canada to support global health and development work.  

  • The North America team supports the foundation’s work in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, in Canada, and with the United Nations in New York City.
  • Our focus areas in the United States include Florida, Texas, New York, California, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.
  • We invest in deep relationships with community leaders and decision-makers who are doing positive work that supports communities domestically and globally. 

Our Work in Washington State

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s roots are in the Pacific Northwest, where the Gates family has lived for generations. We honor our local roots by giving back to the community that has given us so much. In Washington State, we invest in improving education from preschool through college, preventing family homelessness, and strengthening community engagement, in order to ensure that every child has a chance to reach their full potential. Each year, the foundation grants about $300 million to nonprofits based in the Greater Seattle region.