Facebook founder, wife donate to Kauai education fund

Facebook founder, wife donate to Kauai education fund

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated $50,000 to a fund aimed at supporting Kauai teachers and students.

The Aloha Angels Endowed Fund is aimed at funding teachers, after school clubs and other programs.

"We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen by two of the world's most generous philanthropists as a way to support Kauai teachers and students," said Aloha Angels president Ric Cox, in a news release. "We are grateful beyond words."

In a letter announcing their gift, Chan and Zuckerberg wrote that they want "to ensure the wonderful efforts of Aloha Angels continue for the long term."

They continued, "The youth-related programs that Aloha Angels provides to help make the education experience better are exemplary."

Zuckerberg spent $100 million in 2014 on 700 acres of beachfront land on Kauai's North Shore to create a secluded sanctuary for his family.

The donation comes less than two months after Zuckerberg dropped a series of controversial "quiet title" lawsuits against hundreds of residents. Zuckerberg spurred local and national criticism following the suits, which have been likened to the tactics Hawaii sugar barons used to take land from Native Hawaiians.

Aloha Angels has raised more than $2 million since 2013, and has distributed nearly $1 million in grants.

"Our goal of fully funding Adopt a Teacher and Adopt an After-School Club forever won't be realized until our endowment reaches $9 million, so we have a long way to go," said Cox.

For more information on Aloha Angels, click here.

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