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June 19, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Pledges $5 Million for Undocumented Students

In a post on Facebook, the social media site's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced a $5 million donation to help undocumented Bay Area youths attend college, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The gift will be distributed over five years to Dream.US, a nonprofit that provides scholarships to children whose parents came to the U.S. illegally.

The size of the gift pales in comparison to Mr. Zuckerberg's other recent donations. In February, he gave $75 million to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. In 2013, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Chan topped The Chronicle's list of the year's most generous donors with their $1 billion gift to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, becoming the first donors under age 30 to claim that top spot.

That same year, along with Bill Gates and other tech executives, Mr. Zuckerberg co-founded the 501(c)(4) social-welfare group FWD.us to push for immigration and education overhaul.