- Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $100 million for improving voting sites throughout the U.S.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $100 million for improving voting sites throughout the U.S. This is on top of a $300 million donation provided last month.
The $100 million donation is going to be given to Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) — which is a Chicago-based nonprofit that offers grants for jurisdictions such as cities and counties that are focused on helping support elections.
Of the $300 million donation given last month, $250 million also went to CTCL and $50 million was given to the Center for Election Innovation & Research.
The funds are being used for buying voting equipment and personal protective equipment such as masks for poll workers. And the money is also being used to hire more workers.
“Voting is the foundation of democracy. It’s how we express our voice and make sure our country is heading in the direction we want. Priscilla and I remain determined to ensure that every state and local election jurisdiction has the resources they need so Americans can vote,” wrote Zuckerberg in a Facebook post. “To be clear, I agree with those who say that government should have provided these funds, not private citizens. I hope that for future elections the government provides adequate funding. But absent that funding, I think it’s critical that this urgent need is met.”