Chan, Zuckerberg fighting Native American vaccine hesitancy
Dakota and Navajo actor Dallas Goldtooth joins other influencers — people who have earned the community’s trust — in a two-phase public outreach effort by nonprofit organizations IllumiNative, the Urban Indian Health Institute, and 13 Native groups in states including Alaska, Minnesota, and California.
Zuckerberg part of $100M ‘California Black Freedom Fund’
A group of more than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, announced the California Black Freedom Fund. Its five-year $100 million initiative the group says will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state aiming to eradicate systemic racism. The 25 funders include the philanthropic groups of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs as well as JPMorgan Chase. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)More than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100 million, five-year initiative that they say will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state that are seeking to eradicate systemic racism. The 25 funders include the philanthropic groups of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs as well as JPMorgan Chase.
Amazon's Bezos tops list of richest charitable gifts in 2020
– The world's richest person made the single-largest charitable contribution in 2020, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of top donations, a $10 billion gift that is intended to help fight climate change. Amazon's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, whose “real-time” worth Forbes magazine estimates at roughly $188 billion, used the contribution to launch his Bezos Earth Fund. According to the left-leaning Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, from March 18 through Dec. 7, 2020, Bezos' wealth surged by 63%, from $113 billion to $184 billion. Bezos and the Zuckerbergs made up the next spots on last year's top 10 list, with $100 million donations — Bezos for Feeding America to aid food banks across the country and the Zuckerbergs to the same election security group. In February, the Chronicle will publish its list of the 50 biggest donors, which counts cumulative donations, not individual gifts.
San Francisco board rebukes naming hospital for Facebook CEO
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, smile as they prepare for a speech in San Francisco. The hospital was the first in San Francisco to administer vaccines protecting against the coronavirus on Tuesday. We are a public hospital of and for the people of the city and county of San Francisco. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couple's philanthropic arm, directed requests for comment to the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The resolution declares that the city and county of San Francisco should not reward tax dodges, which some say the donation is.
Oregon could become 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs
The centers would be funded by tax revenue from retail marijuana sales in the state that was the country's first to decriminalize marijuana possession. Oregon's measure is backed by the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Given that margin, the more controversial hard drugs decriminalization measure is unlikely to pass, said Catherine Bolzendahl, director of Oregon State University's School of Public Policy. But Christopher McKnight Nichols, associate professor of history at Oregon State University, said it's hard to gauge the outcome because voter participation seems headed for a historic high, with many first-time voters. “If the measure passes, Oregon will shift to a health-based approach to drugs and addiction,” the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's website says.
Mark Zuckerberg donates $100M more to help election offices
DENVER – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, on Tuesday donated an additional $100 million to helping local election offices prepare for November even as some conservatives are stepping up their efforts to stop the funds from being used. The contribution brings the total funding for the election from Zuckerberg and Chan to $400 million — the same amount that Congress allocated in March to help fund election offices as they dealt with the difficulties of adapting to new voting behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. Zuckerberg and Chan stepped into the gap initially in September, with a $300 million donation. These funds will serve communities throughout the country -- urban, rural and suburban – and are being allocated by non-partisan organizations.”Zuckerberg added that most election offices that applied have fewer than 25,000 registered voters in their jurisdictions. Some conservatives have criticized CTCL for donating to election offices in large Democratic-leaning cities in swing states.
Ann Arbor nets $417K grant from center backed by Facebook CEO for 2020 election
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor has received a grant of over $417,000 to help ensure the Nov. 3 election goes safely and smoothly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The center recently expanded its COVID-19 response grant program to all U.S. local election jurisdictions, backed by a $250 million contribution from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and philanthropist. They gave another $50 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research to be distributed to secretaries of state. City Council members praised City Clerk Jackie Beaudry for the successful grant application as they accepted the award Monday night, Sept. 21. It also will help cover costs associated with the city’s recently purchased high-speed absentee ballot tabulator, applications for absentee ballots and postage, Beaudry said.mlive.com
Zuckerberg-funded scientists: Rein in Trump on Facebook
The other organizers are Martin Kampmann of the University of California-San Francisco and Jason Shepherd of the University of Utah. All have grants from a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative program working to prevent, cure and treat neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The letters authors called the post a clear statement of inciting violence.Twitter had both flagged and demoted a Trump tweet using the same language. The Associated Press emailed the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative press office for comment. Some Facebook employees have publicly objected to Zuckerbergs refusal to take down or label misleading or incendiary posts by Trump or other politicians.
Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief out over allegations of sexual harassment
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief won't be returning to his job after being accused of sexual misconduct and slurs that included racist remarks about Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg's wife. The lawsuit also claims that the managing director of Zuckerberg's private office, Brian Mosteller, failed to take action when they raised complaints. Although its investigation didn't substantiate the accusations, Zuckerberg's family office said Booth agreed he shouldn't return to work to minimize "distractions." "Mr. Booth knows that minimizing distractions is vital to executing the security duties in this role, so he has decided to move on from the family office to pursue other opportunities. The Bloom Firm, whose lawyers are representing employees accusing Booth, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.cbsnews.com