Mark Zuckerberg Outlines His Education Heavy Philanthropy Plan

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have outlined their plans for future philanthropy.

In a new Facebook post published on Thursday afternoon, Zuckerberg rattled off the numerous philanthropic projects the couple is juggling.

“Soon we’re going to be parents,” he wrote. “And we care deeply about doing everything we can so all children — not just ours — can grow up and achieve their full potential.”

“These are long term goals,” he emphasized. “But if we start now then over the course of our children’s lives I believe we can achieve them.”

Here are some of their current and future focuses:

— Zuckerberg says his plan is based on “unlocking human potential” and “promoting equality.”
— They have a donor-advised fund to help reach charity objectives.
— They also have an education foundation called Startup:Education, which launched in September 2010. Last year, the new not-for-profit has committed $120 million over five years to support education programs in underserved, local communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
— Zuckerberg wants to hand out money to new schools that promote “personalized learning,” a style of teaching that adapts to the learner.
— Chan is starting a K-12 school called “The Primary School.” The education facility will be located in East Palo Alto and will be geared toward low-income students and attendance will be free. Healthcare will be included.
— They want to give money to existing public school projects, such as the Education Super Highway, which aims to provide Internet access in every classroom.
— Zuckerberg already supports Summit Public Schools; KIPP, a network of 183 charter schools; and AltSchool, a small group of private schools that focuses on mixed-age learning.
—┬áNext week he plans to unveil yet another education plan.
— The couple also talked about their plans to invest more in medical. They already gifted San Francisco General Hospital with $75 million.

In the rest of his post Zuckerberg talked about his desire to cure disease, create clean energy, reduce poverty, and invest in people.

With their first child on the way and a company that is now the sixth largest in the world. Zuckerberg and Chan definitely have a lot on their pltes.


Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

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