Bill and Melinda Gates Launch Integral Fellows Awards

Tomorrow evening, Bill and Melinda Gates will kick off a new awards program that honors Microsoft’s former employees, now activists in philanthropy and socially motivated businesses.

The winners will become Integral Fellows, receiving $25,000 for the nonprofit they support.

The finalists (and winners) were chosen by a panel of judges — former President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates Sr., Bill Drayton, Pierre Omidyar, and Tom Tierney.

The Six finalists are: Patrick Awuah of Ghana’s Ashesi University College; Peter Bladin of Grameen Foundation; Linda Englih of Learning for International NGOs (LINGOs); Tom Ikeda of Densho; Trish Millines Dziko of Technology Access Foundation; John Wood of Room to Read.

The Seattle Times reports that Microsoft alumni have started 150 non-profits, giving millions and perhaps billions to causes from global health to education to equal rights. See also Microsoft Alumni Foundation.