THE HOUSE THAT BILL BUILT TOOK SEVEN YEARS TO COMPLETE AND COST $63 MILLION. It has six kitchens, 24 bathrooms, and garage space for 23 cars. The pool house is bigger than my entire house. So is the gym (probably because of the trampoline). And, the reception hall is the perfect place for a plated dinner if you keep the guest list to 150.

Don't like the artwork? Push a button to change it. Too hot? Don't sweat it. The pin you're wearing interacts with the home's sensors to keep any room you're in at your perfect, pre-programmed temperature. The whole house is tech heaven.  

If you haven't guessed by now, Bill is Microsoft guru Bill Gates. His Medina, Washington, estate, Xanadu 2.0, is named after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane in "Citizen Kane,"
which was named after the ancient city of Xanadu, known for its opulence and splendor.
 
When it comes to living, Bill does exactly what you'd expect a billionaire to do. But when it comes to giving, Bill is changing lanes.  READ MORE

LAST MONTH'S COLUMN: BLUE SKIES   READ

2017 FUND SNAPSHOT: A YEAR OF GROWTH
The Foundation experienced tremendous growth in 2017.  Last year, we established 18 new funds (up 30% from 2016), bringing the total of individual funds we administer to 319.  Donors contributed 1,000 more gifts, resulting in an increase of $2.5 million over 2016.  And, at year's end, we were managing $64.1 million in assets, a net growth of $10.7 million in 2017.   The Cape Cod Times picked up on the uptick in funds and contacted President and CEO Kristin O'Malley for an interview.  Read the February 20 article. 

 

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