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June 08, 2016

Tapping Into Silicon Valley Philanthropy

From nine-figure donations for cutting-edge research to new giving entities like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Silicon Valley wealth has become a driving force in philanthropy.

Here is a collection of news articles, profiles, trend pieces, and more to help you better understand tech donors of all ages and how and why they give.

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June 01, 2015

Silicon Valley vs. Philanthropy

Charities are clamoring for the support of tech moguls, whose elusive giving patterns may fundamentally change the nonprofit world.

Article
February 09, 2014

Fund Reaps Windfall After Transforming Itself

Emmett Carson’s Silicon Valley Community Foundation, recipient of $1-billion from Mark Zuckerberg, has been working to reinvent itself by expanding its focus and building more alliances with corporate donors.

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December 22, 2015

Learning From Mistakes Crucial in Spend-Down of Facebook Fortune, Chan Says

The young philanthropist said in an email interview with The Chronicle that she and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg, will measure progress over decades to achieve desired results.

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October 25, 2016

Silicon Valley Donors Ignore Local Needs, Report Finds

Philanthropy is burgeoning along with the region’s wealth, but the tech-sector elite pays relatively little attention to charities in its own backyard, according to a new study.

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August 28, 2017

At Google, She Oversees $100 Million in Giving. She Thinks Companies Should Do More.

In an interview with The Chronicle, Google.org president Jacquelline Fuller talks about how the philanthropy sets its priorities, what makes grant seekers stand out, and how corporate philanthropy compares with her work at the Gates Foundation.

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February 08, 2015

More Tech Entrepreneurs Inclined to Give Now Instead of Waiting

But even as tech leaders increase their giving, some worry that too little is going to deal with problems in the Bay Area.

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December 02, 2015

Using For-Profits to Funnel Big Sums to Charities Raises Transparency Concerns

Critics say that by setting up a limited-liability company to oversee their philanthropy, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife can avoid disclosure rules and engage in activities that stretch the definition of charity.

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December 01, 2015

Zuckerberg and Chan Pledge Nearly $45 Billion to ‘Improving This World’

The couple promised to give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, with a focus on advancing human potential and promoting equality.

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June 23, 2015

Sean Parker Outlines Big Plans for His $600-Million Foundation

The former Facebook president and Napster co-founder said he will focus his philanthropy on civic engagement, global public health, and life sciences, and he plans give away all of its current assets — and more — during his lifetime.

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February 08, 2015

Young Tech Donors Take Leading Role in Philanthropy 50

Twelve of America’s most generous donors, including Jan Koum, the 38-year-old founder of the messaging company WhatsApp, are in Silicon Valley and beyond, and many are under 40.

Article
December 01, 2015

Wringing the Most Good Out of a Facebook Fortune

Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz are using academic research, among other things, to identify overlooked funding opportunities with a high potential for success.

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October 27, 2014

Q&A: Chris Hughes on Tech Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy

The Facebook co-founder and The New Republic publisher shares his thoughts on the importance of data, giving directly to people in need, and how nonprofits can do better.

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September 08, 2015

Learning From Zuckerberg’s ‘Naïve’ $100-Million Mistake

Veteran journalist Dale Russakoff discusses what philanthropists should know about the billionaire Facebook founder’s well-intentioned push to transform the Newark, N.J.'s troubled school system.