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Amazon CEO says 'HQ2' decision will be announced before end of year

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Frank Williams | 14 September, 2018, 06:44

The fund will also launch a network of "full scholarship" preschools based in underserved communities.

Despite his fortune, Bezos has not been a major philanthropic donor and Amazon has been criticized in its home of Seattle, Washington, for doing little to address problems of the growing homeless population.

Mr Bezos has yet to join "The Giving Pledge" created by fellow billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, whose more than 180 signatories have promised to donate over half of their fortunes to philanthropy.

While communities across the country earned looks from Amazon, the D.C. region has always been viewed as a favorite to earn Amazon's new headquarters after the company listed Northern Virginia, Maryland and D.C. among its 20 finalists in January. City leaders quickly rescinded the levy. The fund's vision statement comes from non-profit Mary's Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside.

"The answer is very simple", Bezos told David Rubenstein, the president of the Economic Club, when asked about the topic.

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In addition to millions in cash, both non-profits have been granted prime real estate in Amazon building spaces to do their work.

"He's a pretty awesome neighbour, him and [his wife] MacKenzie", said Mary's Place director Marty Hartman. "We will build an organization to directly operate these schools", he added. "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. The foundation helped fund a fact-finding trip to visit government-subsidized model programs in Boston, New York and New Jersey, according to Tim Burgess, the then a city council member who created the Seattle Preschool Program.

Last year Bezos solicited advice from the public via Twitter, asking how he could best use his wealth to help people "right now". In January, Bezos also personally gave $33 million United States in college scholarships for young immigrants living in the USA illegally.

Helping the homeless has also been a focus for Amazon. This year, Gates also announced it was taking up systemic poverty in the U.S.

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