Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has recently announced through a letter that he plans giving away 99% of his fortune for causes to support a better living for everyone. The money will go to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a new foundation set by Zuckerberg and his wife.
“We want you to grow up in a world better than ours today,” he wrote. The decision comes after his wife, Priscilla Chan gave birth to their daughter, Max.
Zuckerberg hinted at equality and supporting minorities, and how human progress relies in peace, understanding and inclusion regardless of circumstances.
“We believe all lives have equal value, and that includes the many more people who will live in future generations than live today. Our society has an obligation to invest now to improve the lives of all those coming into this world, not just those already here.”
He went on highlighting two essential criteria for human progress.
“Our hopes for your generation focus on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality.Promoting equality is about making sure everyone has access to these opportunities — regardless of the nation, families or circumstances they are born into.
“Our society must do this not only for justice or charity, but for the greatness of human progress.
“Today we are robbed of the potential so many have to offer. The only way to achieve our full potential is to channel the talents, ideas and contributions of every person in the world.
“Can our generation eliminate poverty and hunger? Can we provide everyone with basic healthcare? Can we build inclusive and welcoming communities?
“Can we nurture peaceful and understanding relationships between people of all nations?
“Can we truly empower everyone – women, children, underrepresented minorities, immigrants and the unconnected?
“If our generation makes the right investments, the answer to each of these questions can be yes – and hopefully within your lifetime.”
Facebook CEO’s initiative will definitely make a difference at a large scale, not only through financial support but through the power of a message sent by one of the most innovative people in the world. Now, the LGBT community has a steady backing not only from Facebook, but directly from its founder.
Zuckerberg’s fortune is estimated at $45 billion.