Fb billionaire Sheryl Sandberg put greater than $100m value of her inventory right into a fund for philanthropic donations, as she prepares to provide to charities and non-income that work on enhancing rights for ladies, supporting the grief-stricken and assuaging poverty.
Ms Sandberg, who has been chief working officer at Fb since earlier than it went public, has transferred 880,000 shares value $103m at Wednesday’s worth, right into a donor-suggested fund, in response to submitting with the US Securities and Trade Fee. This present follows a donation final yr of about 290,000 Fb shares.
She has signed the “Giving Pledge” the place billionaires promise to offer away nearly all of their wealth inside their very own lifetime.
Ms Sandberg has turn out to be well-known outdoors of her position on the social community after Lean In, her ebook on ladies’s empowerment at work, turned a bestseller and she or he began an organisation to advertise formidable skilled ladies.
This can be a trigger near my coronary heart. Forty-two million individuals within the US — together with thirteen million youngsters — might face an empty plate this vacation season
Ms Sandberg additionally misplaced her husband Dave Goldberg, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, final yr and is now writing a guide referred to as Choice B about grief and founding an eponymous organisation to assist individuals dealing with the lack of family members.
The donations, to be put in a fund renamed the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Household Basis, might be used to fund each LeanIn.org and OptionB.org, in line with individuals near the matter.
On Tuesday, referred to as “Giving Tuesday” within the US as charities encourage presents after Thanksgiving, Ms Sandberg wrote on Fb that she helps the organisations preventing towards starvation together with Feeding America, a community of meals banks, and her native meals financial institution, Second Harvest Meals Financial institution, the place she volunteers together with her youngsters.
“This can be a trigger near my coronary heart,” she wrote. “Forty-two million individuals within the US — together with thirteen million youngsters — might face an empty plate this vacation season.”
Fb partnered with the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis to match as much as $1m in donations raised by fundraising campaigns on the social community, with as much as $1,000 for every fundraiser.
Mark Zuckerberg, Fb chief government, has promised to donate ninety nine per cent of his Fb shares to good causes from charities to lengthy-time period investments in analysis and begin-ups. Final yr, shortly after the delivery of his first baby, he and his spouse Priscilla Chan introduced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which plans to give attention to personalised studying, curing illness and connecting individuals.