Bezos to launch network of preschools: 'The child will be the customer'

Jan Cross
September 14, 2018

"September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month", he wrote saying Amazon employees around the globe will be wearing pjs to work to show their solidarity and support to children suffering from the deadly disease.

Bezos had previously been critiqued for not making his philanthropic mark like other billionaires, including Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. It is a contrast to the long view that Bezos has preached at Amazon and Blue Origin, the space-travel technology company he has been funding with $1 billion a year through the sale of Amazon stock.

Amazon's main headquarters building in Seattle is also called Day 1. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the money will all come from Bezos, though there are few details about how the fund will operate. City leaders quickly rescinded the levy. It also comes as tech giants like Amazon face the threat of tougher regulations to protect consumer privacy and complaints from the Republican-controlled Congress and White House over alleged liberal bias influencing how their offerings are presented to consumers. "Although he has a global vision, they really have a local heart". "We will build an organization to directly operate these schools", he added.

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Bezos made the announcement Thursday in a tweet and a post on his Instagram account.

More than a year ago, Bezos posted to Twitter a request for suggestions on philanthropic initiatives created to make a difference in the short term. As per the current Giving Pledge signatory, Bezos is not participating.

Last year, he donated $33 million to fund scholarship for "dreamers", the name given to undocumented children of immigrants who face legal obstacles in attending college or university. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a massive philanthropic initiative tackling issues such as infectious diseases and improving education. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and each year Amazon partners with @ACCOrg to raise awareness of childhood cancer - second leading cause of death for kids in the USA between ages 4 and 14.

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