- Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said he is donating $1 billion in Square equity to support relief efforts for the COVID-19.
- After the pandemic is over, Dorsey said he will use the money to support girls’ health and education and universal basic income.
- Dorsey said the new fund represents about 28% of his wealth.
The chief executive officer of Square and Twitter, Jack Dorsey sets aside $1Billion of his Square equity to support relief efforts for COVID-19 and other causes once the pandemic is over.
In a series of tweets, Dorsey said that after the pandemic is over, he will dedicate the money to causes like universal basic income (UBI) and girls’ health and education. He said he’s pulling the shares from his stake in Square instead of Twitter because he own more stock in the Square. Dorsey said he’ll cash in the shares over time.
“The impact this money will have should benefit both companies over the long-term because it’s helping the people we want to serve,” Dorsey said on Twitter.
Dorsey said that he wants to see the impact of his donation during his lifetime, and that “the needs are increasingly urgent.” He also said he hopes it will inspire others to “do something similar.”
Grants will be made from Start Small Foundation or the LLC directly based on the beneficiary org.,” Dorsey said on Twitter. “All transfers, sales, and grants will be made public in tracking sheet.”
Dorsey isn’t the only technologist to fund coronavirus relief efforts, though he’s doing it on a big scale.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has said that he is donating $100 million to U.S. food banks. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million toward creating treatments for coronavirus through the The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. And the Bill Gates Foundation has said it will spend billions to fight coronavirus, according to The Wall Street Journal.