by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is making it extremely difficult for me to dislike Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Though the movie “Social Network” certainly did not paint the most accurate picture of the guy, I still had him pegged as an “ass”; something I’ve been forced to reevaluate in the wake of his $100 million donation to the Newark public school system – and now this.

It was announced today that the 26-year-old (26! #$%#!) has decided to pledge the bulk of his current $6.9 billion fortune to charity. It’s certainly the hip thing for billionaires to do these days thanks to the efforts of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in coming up with the idea. Obviously, you can’t take it all with you (though, according to The Onion, Oprah will try), which is how The Giving Pledge came to be. Zuckerberg, as well as 17 other wealthy individuals and families, are the latest to sign up — bringing the total number of wealthy Americans making the pledge to a staggering 57. That’s a lot of cash for charitable initiatives.

“People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done?,” Zuckerberg said in a statement issued by The Giving Pledge. “With a generation of younger folks who have thrived on the success of their companies, there is a big opportunity for many of us to give back earlier in our lifetime and see the impact of our philanthropic efforts.”

Mark, I like you. Hell, you could be an ass the rest of your life and I’d still admire this move. Well done. Applause.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • beforewisdom

    My opinion about Zuckerberg is changing for the positive,as of now too.

  • beforewisdom

    I remember seeing a quote on a t-shirt that went something like this

    “When I help the poor I am called a saint. When I ask why are they poor I am called a communist

    Instead of donating their fortunes to charity, it would be better if these billionaires put their money to work at ending the reasons for charities being needed in the first place.

    Not to take away from their generosity… is epic, with no ifs ands or buts.

    Just offering a thought……

  • Zucksnotbad

    For the record, one of his charitable contributions includes donating money to renovate and revive an inner city school. Sounds like he’s trying to get to the source of the problem there, since education is the main reason behind poverty, crime and so many other societal ills.

    • herwin

      Well done indeed.

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