Jeff Bezos wants to spend $2 billion on education and the homeless. These four cities could use it the most.
- Jeff Bezos's $2 billion Day One Fund focuses on solving two issues: homelessness and gaps in early education.
- Bezos has indicated a desire to donate to places with the most urgent need, with a focus on short-term solutions.
- The billionaire's scholarship program could go the furthest in Detroit and Las Vegas, while funding for the homeless could help mitigate the severe crises in LA and San Francisco.
In September, Jeff Bezos announced the launch of the Bezos Day One Fund, a $2 billion philanthropic endeavor with two main goals: to support homeless families and develop early education programs in underserved communities.
Though most of his charitable efforts thus far have been private, Bezos has signaled an interest in both issues in the past. In 2016, he donated $1 million to Mary's Place, a homeless shelter near the Amazon headquarters in Seattle. Less than two years later, he donated another $33 million to TheDream.US, a scholarship program for undocumented immigrants.
With the Bezos Day One Fund, the tech billionaire has an even bigger opportunity to address homelessness and educational barriers in the US.
In his request for input on Twitter, Bezos expressed a desire to help people "at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact." Roughly translated, that means donating to places where circumstances are dire, but change is possible.
Based on these conditions, the following cities could benefit the most from Bezos' charitable efforts.
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