Foundation Updates for Applicants, Grantees, and Partners - Gates Family Foundation

Updated October 1, 2021

Gates Family Foundation is committed to helping our staff and their families, our partners, and our community stay healthy by doing what we can to help mitigate the impact of the ongoing public health crisis. To that end, we have implemented a number of precautionary policies that impact our staff, partners, and office guests:

  • Gates office, staff and meetings: The Gates Family Foundation office has been closed since March 13, 2020. We have not set a date for a full reopening. Unfortunately, this means that our office continues to be unavailable for partner meetings until further notice. While some staff members are coming into the office on a limited basis, most work is still being conducted remotely. Individual staff members are equipped to host virtual meetings via Zoom, and we encourage you to reach us by email or phone during this period. Our staff contact information is here. Messages left on our office numbers are being redirected to email, so please allow time for response.
  • Capital grant requests and site visits for December 2021 board meeting: Site visits for 2021 capital grant applications may be held virtually or in person, at the mutual discretion of the applicant and the assigned Gates program officer. The December 2021 Gates board meeting will be held virtually. As usual, Gates staff members will notify grant applicants of board decisions following the meeting.
  • Gates Fellowship: Harvard University cancelled both sessions of its 2020 and 2021 summer program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government due to the pandemic. Gates Fellows selected for the 2020 cohort have been invited to defer to 2022. We will review our plans for the 2022 fellowship application process at a later date, pending available spots.
  • Office mail and response time: While Gates staff is working from home, please realize that we will only be visiting the office periodically to gather mail and package deliveries. Office phones are being redirected to staff email. Please bear with us, and use staff email or mobile phone numbers for the quickest response.

We will keep this page updated with any new developments. If you have feedback or questions, please email Carol Menard at