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Mark Zuckerberg Announces Pledge to Give Away 45 Billion Dollars!

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It’s a dark time in San Francisco. Our fellow neighbors are being priced out left and right due to the housing crisis, tripping over the homeless and their excrement is common place, and our once vibrant city that used to be a welcoming beacon of hope, has become a divided techpocalypse full of tension between the haves and have nots. But we have just been given a reason for hope. 
Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 31, and his wife Priscilla Chan, 30,  have announced the birth of their new born girl, Max,  into the world, thus using her arrival to announce their momentous pledge to give away 99% of their wealth! That will equate to a mind-boggling $45 billion dollars.
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Their 2234 word letter to their daughter, states “While headlines often focus on what’s wrong, in many ways the world is getting better. Health is improving. Poverty is shrinking. Knowledge is growing. People are connecting. Technological progress in every field means your life should be dramatically better than ours today.We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation.”

They ask the future generation focus on two ideas: advancing human potential and promoting equality. “Many see the internet as just for entertainment or communication. But for the majority of people in the world, the internet can be a lifeline.” 

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This puts the Zuckerbergs up there with America’s most generous philanthropists such as Bill and Melinda Gates who have given over $30 billion.
Upon hearing the philanthropic news, Russian Hill artist and resident, Svetlana Saitsky commented, “This kind of generosity and humanity inspires me
to want to work for Facebook.”  This could be the first step forward towards inspiring our divided community to work together to bridge the tech inequality gap.
They state it perfectly in the letter where they say “Technology can’t solve problems by itself. Building a better world starts with building strong and healthy communities.”
Who wants to make a $45 billion bet that they might be right?
 You can view the entire letter here.
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Alexandra Liss is a San Francisco native, Entrepreneur Whisperer, Sharing Economy Evangelist. Just Vagenius. Co-author of www.ItsaShareableLife.com, & Videographer for hire www.BrandbarSF.com, Director of www.OneCouchataTime.com.