Mark Zuckerberg Posts Adorable Baby Photo With A Very Realistic Caption

12 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A worthy cause for generous Facebook founder: American Indian schools.

Zuckerberg posted a photograph of him and his newborn daughter Max where he can be seen changing Max’s diaper. The Facebook CEO gave a glimpse into his life as a new dad with a photo on his social media platform on Friday, showing just how much he enjoys changing his 2-week-old daughter Maxima‘s diapers.

As announcements of philanthropic gifts go, it’s hard to top the one made this month by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.“They are willing to embrace risk and invest in things that may take 10, 20, 50 years to show really concrete results and that’s amazing,” says Caitlyn Fox, chief of staff of the . In an emotional letter addressed to their soon-to-be-born daughter, the couple announced that they would dedicate a staggering sum — Facebook shares currently worth $45 billion — to philanthropy over their lifetimes. After weeks of critics jumping to conclusions before seeing details or results, Fox spoke with me for nearly an hour about the strategy for Priscilla and Mark’s philanthropic foundation. They want nothing less than to cure diseases, advance human potential, combat inequality and “channel the talents, ideas and contributions of every person in the world.” They no doubt will be besieged by requests, and the Star Tribune Editorial Board offers another.

He recently shared a Facebook photo of the couple reading a quantum physics children’s book to Max writing, “My next book for A Year of Books is Quantum Physics for Babies!” Adding, “This is important for creating the world we all want for our children, and that’s what I’m thinking about these days. We’d like to spotlight a neglected educational crisis in desperate need of the couple’s beneficence: poor outcomes for all American Indian students and the deplorable conditions of many tribal school buildings. The goal is to use the flexibility afforded by organizing the Chan-Zuckerberg fortune as an LLC rather than a non-profit to experiment in search of impact with agility. Providing a safe environment that promotes learning would be a smart, targeted use for the couple’s philanthropic dollars — one that would provide a solid foundation for improving outcomes. The couple’s technological expertise also could bring broadband to more of these schools, helping children on remote reservations connect with the world.

Only in his early 30s, Zuckerberg is already a philanthropic force in education, donating $100 million to Newark, N.J., schools and $120 million to California’s Bay Area schools. They don’t have the time or ground-level understanding necessary to lead efforts to alleviate poverty, advance medicine, improve politics or reduce inequality.

Now Zuckerberg is bringing that game plan to philanthropy. “So instead of micromanaging each individual investment, it’s more about finding the people that they trust to then help them make those decisions,” Fox says. That could include hard science attempts at curing diseases or generating energy, self-sustaining for-profit models that don’t require constant donations — moonshot philanthropy. And Fox admitted that the public’s concerns about how the LLC structure works are valid, but urged people to reserve judgment until CZI had results to show. And second, it keeps Chan, Zuckerberg and the experts they trust close to the situation, creating short feedback loops so they can learn and course-correct as quickly as possible. Sam Hawgood, the chancellor of the University Of California, San Francisco, lauded for her “commitment to the most under-served in our communities” during medical school.

Fox tells me that while Zuckerberg brings his visionary insight and optimism, Chan grounds their work with perspective from her time as a teacher and doctor. While other major donors didn’t earn or pledge their billions until later in life, Chan and Zuckerberg’s youth is an opportunity. “They’re very patient philanthropists,” Fox says. “They don’t need clear results in a year, in two years. But if Chan and Zuckerberg can find the right approaches and the right people to execute them, they have a chance to address our world’s most vexing dilemmas.

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