Zuckerberg donates $25M to fight Ebola, buys a ‘chunk’ of Hawaii for $100M
— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) October 14, 2014
But is this really “leadership” or “crucial” to the fight against Ebola? He did just drop a whole lot more cash on this:
— IndyPeople (@TheIndyPeople) October 14, 2014
As the CDC Foundation, the beneficiary of Zukerberg’s charity, is a non-profit, some are raising questions of taxes and write-offs for the young billionaire:
— Kayaker 007 (@kayaker007) October 14, 2014
@stevesilberman if zuckerberg paid any taxes , maybe the CDC would have been funded in the first place
— ryan onstott (@fmhueffer) October 14, 2014
Oh well. It’s his money, he can do with it what he pleases, but might we suggest that he open an Ebola sanctuary on his Hawaiian island?
Here’s Zuckerberg announcement, via Facebook:
Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.
The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.
We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.
We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.
To learn more about the fight against Ebola:http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak