Seven Tech Philanthropists to Watch in 2015

The past year was a big one for tech philanthropy, chock full of major gifts, new initiatives, and recently-minted billionaires preparing to build a charitable legacy. So who should we really be watching in 2015?
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Top Tech Philanthropists Take Different Tacks on Immigration

The tech industry has long backed immigration reform out of a hunger for highly skilled workers. But some tech funders also have humanitarian concerns in this area. Which techies are out front on immigration?
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Can SF Gives Reach Its $10M Target By Tomorrow?

Back in March, the SF Gives campaign set a a goal of getting 20 tech companies to donate $500,000 each to fight poverty in the Bay Area. Spearheaded by Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff, the coalition, which includes Google, LinkedIn, and Zynga, recently announced the addition of Apple. With one day to go, however, the campaign still appears to be a couple million short.
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Meet the 12 Most Generous Tech Leaders. . . And 6 of the Least

More than any other industry, the tech sector has the ability to create multimillionaires, and even billionaires, almost overnight. Almost all of those who become mega-rich practice philanthropy at some level, and the tech elite give billions to charity each year. Relative to their net worth, however, the scale of their generosity varies greatly, so we wanted to take a look at who among them is the most, and least, generous.
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Zuckerberg Ramping Up Silicon Valley Community Giving

Over the past two years, Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have donated approximately $1.5 billion in Facebook stock to the Silicon Valley Community Fund, including last year’s single largest donation to any organization of an estimated $992 million. Now, they are beginning to distribute those funds to community non-profits.

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Who Will Step Up & Save the Internet This Time?

The ongoing battle to maintain net neutrality suffered another blow last week, when a U.S. appeals court threw out FEC rules that require internet providers to treat all internet traffic equally. Which philanthropists are most likely to step up and help save the Internet this time?
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$21 Million in Breakthrough Prize giving announced

They sure turned heads when they announced the Breakthrough Prize back in February. Now, ten short months later, these six key players and their advisory panel (which includes their first eleven recipients of the prize), are ready to announce their 2014 winners. Let’s take a peek, shall we?
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Unpacking Zuckerberg's Role in Public Policy

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gathered together a number of prominent Silicon Valley tech titans to create a new advocacy group. As Zuckerberg envisions it, the group would focus on issues such as immigration, education reform, the environment, and alternative energy.

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Find Out Which Tech-Sector Big Shots Top Donor List

Billions have been earned in the tech sector, and thankfully, it seems that its increasing share of billionaires are not cheapskates. Because of this, the tech sector is quickly becoming well-known for its philanthropy, according to the latest list of big donors for 2012 released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Imagine a Mobile Phone Game That Could Help Cure Cancer

A new project led by the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) brings together a team of tech giants — including Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — to create a mobile phone game that could lead to a cure for cancer.

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Tech Supergroup Unveils Multimillion-Dollar Life Science Grant Competition

Some of the biggest names in the tech industry recently came together to announce the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a competition for the biology research community that rewards researchers who develop cures for "intractable diseases" and who can manage to "extend human life" with a $3 million grant. The Prize's founders have visions of making the Breakthrough Prize as important as the Nobel prizes.

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