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Cascade Coffee Charitable Committee visits the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

July 15th, 2016

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Prior to the July 4 holiday weekend, the Cascade Coffee Charitable Giving Committee had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.  “A fascinating tour left our committee members awe-inspired.  The Gates Foundation is making bold accomplishments in changing the world we live in.  But this isn’t a ‘come and see what Bill and Melinda have done’ thing.  They make it clear about being open, collaborative partners with anyone”.  Said Darren Armstrong, Chairman of the Cascade committee.  “If you’re 12 years old and have an idea that can make an impact, they want to hear about it.  They’re about tangible impact on improving lives around the world.”

The Gates Foundation has become well known for its heavy involvement in developing countries providing resources and vaccines to parts of the world that would otherwise rarely see it.

The Cascade Coffee Charitable Committee are active members in the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, funding many local grants.  In 2016, Cascade Coffee continued to widen its perspective on philanthropy and increased  support in environmental impact and industry sustainability.  Among initiatives the company has been involved with is the Partnership for Gender Equity through the Coffee Quality Institute, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and the Water Wise Coffee Initiative through Techno-Serve who is also deeply supported by the Gates Foundation.


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