Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Chan donate millions to fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are continuing to make headlines for what they do with their wealth. What’s new: They’re donating $25 million to the CDC in the effort to fight Ebola in Africa and elsewhere. The epidemic has killed more than 4,000 people.

In announcing the donation — made through their fund at the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) — Zuckerberg posted on Facebook this morning: “We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.”

As we’ve covered on SiliconBeat, Zuckerberg and Chan have become familiar names in philanthropy. They have donated millions to schools in San Francisco; have signed on to the Giving Pledge, in which the world’s wealthiest people vow to give half their money away during their lifetimes; and last year ranked No. 1 on a list of the nation’s top donors by giving $1 billion worth of Facebook stock to the SVCF (after a donation worth $500 million in 2012.) In 2010, Zuckerberg donated $100 million to New Jersey schools.


Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, right, and wife Priscilla Chan at the Allen and Co. Sun Valley Conference, in Sun Valley, Idaho, on July 9, 2011. Zuckerberg and his wife, Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic, the foundation said today. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)


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  • tyrone

    Good news for the human race, when good humans with good hearts act in a manner that pleases god. They have the faces of angels, those two.

  • Brooks Bell

    Saw the Frontline on Ebola last night and was incredibly moved by the suffering of the people and the bravery of Doctors without Borders and the volunteers who risk their lives among such horrible conditions and with inadequate funds and facilities.

    Bravo! Well done.