Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education

Jeff Bezos

It's not yet known what his preschools will look like except that they will be based on the teaching philosophy of Maria Montessori, which focuses on play-based learning that caters to individuality and social-emotional development.

Mr Bezos and Amazon have also faced criticism in Seattle for not doing more to help the needy, and have become focal points in the booming region's angry debate about traffic, housing prices and homelessness.

He has also been criticized for not contributing his fortune to philanthropy like other billionaires have, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett.

Until now, Bezos, 54, had only taken small steps into philanthropy.

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Some analysts have suggested Amazon could face antitrust scrutiny over its growing power in the economy, and President Donald Trump has accused the company of taking advantage of the Postal Service, despite studies suggesting the internet giant's deal has been beneficial to the USA government postal operator. Its vision statement comes from Mary's Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside.

"He's a pretty incredible neighbour, him and [his wife] MacKenzie", said Mary's Place director Marty Hartman. "September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month", he wrote in an Instagram post shared about 10 hours ago, explaining that every year, Amazon ties up with the American Childhood Cancer Organisation to raise awareness of childhood cancer, which is the second leading cause of death for kids in the U.S. between ages 4 and 14. "We will build an organization to directly operate these schools", he added. 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.

Geek Wire reports that as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Amazon has also rolled out a specially branded Prime Air jet and made charitable donations to two institutions working toward better awareness of childhood cancer.

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. In January, Bezos also personally gave $33 million United States in college scholarships for young immigrants living in the USA illegally.

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