Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a conference on Sept. 11, 2012, in San Francisco.(Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino, AFP/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is definitely in the holiday-giving mood.
Tuesday, he donated 18 million of his shares in the social-networking
company - worth nearly $500 million - to the nonprofit Silicon Valley
Community Foundation, which works in education and health initiatives.
hopeful we'll be able to have as positive an impact in our next set of
projects," Zuckerberg said in a status update on his Facebook page.
is Zuckerberg's second big donation since he joined the Giving Pledge,
the Bill Gates-Warren Buffett organization that has asked the wealthiest
people in the U.S. to give to worthwhile causes.
His first centered on education reform with Startup: Education in Newark, N.J.
really proud of the work we've done there, helping leaders like Gov.
Chris Christie and Mayor Cory Booker sign the most progressive teachers
contract in our country, opening four new district high schools, 11 new
charter schools and more," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook profile.