Jeff Raikes

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0 New Gates Foundation chief to seek revolutionary simplicity

The world’s biggest philanthropy is entering a new era, a third phase of sorts, but is hardly settling into a comfortable routine of funding the same old things  or losing its upstart mindset. Susan Desmond-Hellmann Susan Desmond-Hellmann is the new chief executive officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and…

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1 A chat with outgoing chief of the Gates Foundation, Jeff Raikes

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s biggest philanthropy, but big doesn’t by itself translate into best. Making the Gates Foundation better has been Jeff Raikes’ job for the last five years or so. He has presided over dramatic growth – from a few hundred employees to now more than 1200 – and a significant reorganization internally.

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0 Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes to step down

Raikes has presided over rapid growth and a major internal re-organization at the Gates Foundation, including efforts made to improve the philanthropy’s relationship with grantees, its reputed ‘sensitivity’ to criticism and transparency concerns.

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1 Gates Foundation calls 2,000 of its closest friends

Jeff Raikes and other senior leaders at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today engaged in a conference call with 2,000 or so grant recipients in order to improve their ability to communicate. Raikes said it’s especially difficult to get honest, critical feedback in philanthropy — as compared to business…