【双语八卦】扎克伯格 裸捐450亿美元引争议
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Mark Zuckerberg defends his $45B charitable impulse

扎克伯格 裸捐450亿美元引争议



Grand gestures don’t always go over the way you hope they will.


The CEO of the world’s largest social network has promised to donate potentially billions of dollars to worthy causes and companies. It didn’t take long however before he felt compelled to defend his decision on how to set up his new philanthropic endeavor.


On Tuesday Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they plan to establish the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which will receive 99 percent of the CEO’s Facebook shares currently worth about $45 billion. In a rather unconventional move the organization that will distribute the blocks of stock as donations will be established as a limited liability company (LLC) instead of a traditional nonprofit foundation.


That decision has some people questioning his motives as noted in the headline of a commentary in The New York Times: "How Mark Zuckerberg’s Altruism Helps Himself."


Zuckerberg is one of a number of tech moguls who have pledged hefty portions of their wealth for charitable purposes. Billionaires such as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates typically have set up their charitable endeavors as traditional nonprofits. Some have started using LLCs instead but such a move can raise red flags.

扎克伯格是众多科技大亨中将资产的大部分捐助做慈善的人员之一。亿万富翁如谷歌创始人Larry Page 和Larry Page,还有微软创始人比尔盖茨都将慈善捐款用于传统的非盈利组织。而一些人将慈善捐款用于有限责任公司,但是这样的举措很可能***示。

Unlike a nonprofit organization an LLC more closely resembles a corporation in that it can generate profits and offer certain tax benefits. It also would impose fewer restrictions and obligations on how Zuckerberg and Chan could distribute money than if they were to set up a regular nonprofit foundation. They could donate to political organizations and for-profit entities as well as charities. Some critics also claim an LLC would allow the couple to avoid paying taxes.


In a Facebook post published Thursday Zuckerberg explained how the tax structure would work for the new initiative which he said plans initially to focus on "personalized learning curing disease connecting people and building strong communities"


By using an LLC instead of a traditional foundation we receive no tax benefit from transferring our shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative but we gain flexibility to execute our mission more effectively. In fact if we transferred our shares to a traditional foundation then we would have received an immediate tax benefit but by using an LLC we do not. And just like everyone else we will pay capital gains taxes when our shares are sold by the LLC.


Zuckerberg also emphasized the ability to donate to groups and causes no matter how they’re structured.


In September Zuckerberg and his wife donated $5 million through their Zuckerberg Education Ventures LLC to Mastery Connect an education tracking company according to The New York Times. A new initiative called Breakthrough Energy Coalition founded by Zuckerberg Gates and other tech honchos will make private investments in clean energy. Zuckerberg also said that his LLC will provide funds to efforts such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response and San Francisco General Hospital.


Facebook did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.


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