SPECIAL REPORT
December 01, 2015

Silicon Valley Flexes Its Muscles — Again

Zuckerberg's $45 billion pledge to 'improving this world' is one of philanthropy's biggest. In a letter to his newborn daughter, Max, Zuckerberg provides insight into what causes resonate most with him and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has closely followed the rise of technology titans as major forces in charitable giving. The following is a collection of stories and opinion pieces published in recent weeks and months about what’s going on with the new billionaire philanthropists of Silicon Valley and their impact on the nonprofit world.

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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 02, 2015

Zuckerberg’s Previous Giving Focused on Health and Public Education

The Facebook co-founder, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2010 at age 26, has provided plenty of signals about where his philanthropic interests lie.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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June 01, 2015

Will Criticism of Big Gifts Scare Off Tech Donors?

Some experts worry that entrepreneurs may shy away from the spotlight — and from giving — if the attention grows too intense.

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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.

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October 05, 2015

Opinion: The Leaner-Is-Always-Better Myth: One Size Doesn’t Fit All Foundations

Behind the much-touted trends of downsizing in philanthropic organizations, the picture is more complicated.