Philanthropy in Israel – 2015, By Avi Naor

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The announcement by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan that they will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, whose current value is estimated at around $45 billion, is both exciting and inspiring, a demonstration of genuine leadership and social responsibility.

In Israel, alongside highly positive reactions, an announcement of this kind – such as previous announcements by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and others – also arouses thoughts and contemplation as to where this leaves us, Israeli society. When will an Israeli entrepreneur come out with a similar declaration that will give us a feeling of pride?

A comparison is indeed appropriate between our culture of giving and that which is customary in other Western societies, a culture characterized not only by the volume of giving, but also how it is managed, its aims, and so on.

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