The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $3.7 million on COVID-19
We have some exciting news, Seattle! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to donate $3.7 million to help with the COVID-19 response in the greater Seattle area. And while the numbers may seem relatively small for such a large issue, it goes a long way.
The funding is part of up to $5 million that the foundation pledged in early March. Additionally, Pivotal Ventures, an investment company founded by Melinda Gates, is committing an additional $500,000. And while we’re not surprised to see such generous actions from the Gates family, it would be great to see other Seattle icons step up. Ahem, Jeff Bezos, we’re talking about you.
Anyway, the money coming from the Gates Foundation will go towards communities disproportionately impacted by the virus. And this being said, the Gates’ recognize that not everyone will experience it equally. So the goal with the money is to support those most impacted that may have otherwise been left behind.
A big part of this funding is the $1 million that will go towards Public Health – Seattle & King County. This is to ensure that the public is getting accurate and timely information regarding the virus. And as we all know, this has been a huge problem in the national media lately. Additionally, the money will help the public health department set up temporary housing and support services for those who may be experiencing homelessness.
In conclusion, we feel pretty dang lucky to have a family like the Gates in Seattle. We hope that the city puts the money to the best use for the greater good. And if you’d like to learn more, click here.
If you’d like to see a clip of Bill Gates jumping over a chair, click here instead. Priorities, people!