Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Facebook Stock To Promote Equality For All Children

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Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg celebrate birth of first child

A few weeks before Max’s birth, Priscilla and Mark took a morning to reflect and record their hopes for their daughter and all children of her generation.

Posted by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla are celebrating the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Max, by making a multi-billion dollar pledge which will “join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.”

The announcement included this letter written by the Zuckerbergs, written to Max:

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder of the Primary School.

Our mission — advancing human potential and promoting equality — will require a new approach for all working towards these goals.

We must make long term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years. The greatest challenges require very long time horizons and cannot be solved by short term thinking.

We must engage directly with the people we serve. We can’t empower people if we don’t understand the needs and desires of their communities.

We must build technology to make change. Many institutions invest money in these challenges, but most progress comes from productivity gains through innovation.

We must participate in policy and advocacy to shape debates. Many institutions are unwilling to do this, but progress must be supported by movements to be sustainable.

We must back the strongest and most independent leaders in each field. Partnering with experts is more effective for the mission than trying to lead efforts ourselves.

We must take risks today to learn lessons for tomorrow. We’re early in our learning and many things we try won’t work, but we’ll listen and learn and keep improving.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla are celebrating the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Max, by making a multi-billion dollar pledge which will “join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” (Facebook image)


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