Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, launched a $2 billion fund to help homeless families and create a network of nonprofit preschools in low-income communities.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) September 13, 2018
This move puts Bezos into a rarefied group of billionaire megadonors at a time when his company, Amazon.com Inc., faces growing criticism and scrutiny over its rising power and impact on the economy, writes Bloomberg.
The fund, called the Bezos Day One Fund, has two initiatives: The first is fund existing nonprofits and issue annual awards to organizations doing good work sheltering and supporting the immediate needs of young families. The second is operate a network of high-quality, full-scholarship Montessori-inspired preschools.
Bezos, who has a personal fortune of $163.8 billion, has been largely invisible in the world of philanthropy to this point. His net worth has risen by $64.7 billion this year alone as Amazon’s shares surged.
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