Jeff Bezos donates $ 100M to the Obama Foundation, $ 166M to NYU Hospital

That Obama This was announced by the Foundation on Monday Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has pledged a $ 100 million donation to the organization, and the same day a hospital affiliated with New York University said the multibillionaire and his family would make a $ 166 million contribution to their mission.

Bezos‘Gift to the Obama Foundation comes in honor of the late Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis, and the business titan has, as part of the gift, requested that the Plaza at the Obama Presidential Center be named after Lewis.

John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis chats with addresses for audiences participating in the Nashville Public Library Award for Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis – Literary Award on November 19, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond / Getty Images) (Photo by Rick Diamond / Getty Images / Getty Images)


“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the heroes’ pantheon, and I can not think of a more appropriate person to honor with this gift than John Lewis, a great American leader and a man of extraordinary decency and courage.” Bezos said in a statement. “I am excited to support President and Mrs. Obama and their foundation in their mission to train and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

Valerie Jarrett, president of the Obama Foundation and former senior adviser to President Obama, hailed the donation in a statement, saying: “We believe there is an incredible power in lifting the names of extraordinary change agents, on whose shoulders we all stand and we are excited about Mr. Bezos’ offer to name our magnificent Plaza in honor of John Lewis. “

Valerie Jarrett

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES – 04/03/2019: Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to the President of the Obama administration, at the National Action Network (NAN) Convention in New York City. (Photo by Michael Brochstein / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Gett (Photo by Michael Brochstein / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Jarrett continued: “What’s more, Mr Bezos’ generous unlimited gift will enable us to help train a new generation of leaders through programs including the Girls Opportunity Alliance, My Brother’s Keeper and our Global Leaders Program, while that we support the Hometown Fund, which invests in expanding economic development opportunities for Chicago’s South Side residents. “

Also on Monday, NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn announced that the Bezos family’s donation would help them and the NYU Langone Family Health Centers build on their performance and the strengths of these diverse communities and create a dynamic model of community-wide health improvement in Sunset Park that will address social determinants of health and key factors. behind health inequalities. “

Jose Andres, Jeff Bezos, Van Jones

Jeff Bezos, center, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, poses for photos with chef Jose Andres, left, and Van Jones, right, founder of Dream corps, during a briefing following the launch of the New Shepard rocket from its spacepo (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez / AP Newsroom)


Over the summer, Bezos gave a couple of $ 100 million gifts to two high-profile individuals, which he said they were able to use either for their own charities or to pass on to other non-profits.

After successfully returning from its carrier Blue Origins first manned rocket flight, Bezos’s CNN contributor Van Jones and celebrity chef José Andrés each awarded the huge amount of cash as the first recipients of his “Courage and Civility Award”.

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