Gates Foundation PA is up for grabs

SEATTLE: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has told PRWeek it is throwing its public affairs business up for bid in April 2001. 'We will invite a handful of firms with issue advocacy experience to come in and talk to us,' said director of public affairs Trevor Neilson.

SEATTLE: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has told PRWeek it is throwing its public affairs business up for bid in April 2001. 'We will invite a handful of firms with issue advocacy experience to come in and talk to us,' said director of public affairs Trevor Neilson.

SEATTLE: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has told PRWeek it is throwing its public affairs business up for bid in April 2001. 'We will invite a handful of firms with issue advocacy experience to come in and talk to us,' said director of public affairs Trevor Neilson.

Formed in 1999 by merging two other Gates charities and an endowment exceeding dollars 17 billion, the foundation has far outspent most industrialized nations on global health issues such as AIDS and tuberculosis.

So far, the foundation's public affairs work has gone to APCO Worldwide and Greer Margolis.

Neilson said prospective firms must have considerable experience with NGOs, as well as knowledge of global health, vaccine and K-12 issues.

'We are not looking for corporate or hi-tech representation,' he said.



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