Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, discusses his vision for space settlement with GeekWire’s Alan Boyle at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles. (Keith Zacharski / In The Barrel Photo)
Jeff Bezos announced plans to back two philanthropic initiatives the day after Seattle killed its short-lived tax on big business — a defeat at the hands of Amazon and others in the business community who considered it the wrong approach to curbing homelessness.
That timing suggests that one of the causes may be tied to homelessness or housing affordability, issues plaguing Amazon’s hometown. Bezos didn’t specify which issues he would support but said he would reveal details by the end of the summer in a tweet.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 14, 2018
Bezos thanked his followers for their feedback and said he is “very excited” about the mysterious initiatives.
A year ago, Bezos turned to Twitter to request ideas on how he should focus his philanthropy from his followers.
Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017
In an April interview with Business Insider, Bezos said that Amazon’s work with Mary’s Place, a Seattle homeless shelter, “really impacted” his thinking on philanthropy.
“I’m finding I am very motivated by the here and now,” he said. “Seeing a lot of the homelessness that Mary’s Place works on is transient homelessness … a woman with kids, the father runs away and he was the only person providing any income. They have no support system; they have no family. That’s transient homelessness. You can really help that person, and by the way, you only have to help them for six to nine months. You get them trained. You get them a job. They are perfectly productive members of society.”
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