A Tech Billionaire Focuses on the Nexus of Nonprofits and Tech. Here's Some Advice

A Tech Billionaire Focuses on the Nexus of Nonprofits and Tech. Here's Some Advice

WhatsApp's Brian Acton is turning to philanthropy full-time, tapping a $6.6 billion fortune and Silicon Valley chops to start a nonprofit focused on nonprofits and tech. A guest contributor offers some wise words. 

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The New WhatsApp Billionaires and the Rise of the Living Mega Donor

One trend revolutionizing philanthropy is the way that relatively young people -- like the WhatsApp founders -- are making great wealth in a very short time and then cashing out, leaving them with both the resources and time to be large-scale philanthropists, living mega donors, for many years to come. This phenomenon only dates back to the late 1990s. But it's growing.
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