Although the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs never brought his philanthropic efforts to public attention, he and his family has been giving away anonymously for more than 20 years. The information came to light by an article in The New York Times that had a particular focus on Laurene Powell Jobs, who also participated in a rare interview for a profile that was previously published discussing her agendas in education, global conservation, nutrition, and immigration policy.
According to Powell Jobs:
We're really careful about amplifying the great work of others in every way that we can, and we don't like attaching our names to things.
Last year, Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, also noted a number of private philanthropic efforts undertaken by Jobs during his life. Among those was a $50 million donation for Stanford hospitals, half of which paid for a new main building, while the rest was used to build a new children’s hospital. Despite his many philanthropic efforts, Jobs remained intensely private and even refused to discuss his giving with biographer Walter Isaacson before his death. He also refused to participate in “The Giving Pledge,” a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet that asks rich people in America to donate most of their money to philanthropic causes.
Since the Jobs’ death, Powell Jobs has taken a more public role in support of her causes. She launched a website in January advocating the “Dream Act” for immigration reform and in April she participated in an interview with NBC’s Rock Center for the same cause. Last year she also joined the governing board at Stanford University. She also serves on the White House Council for Community Solutions and also serves as president of the after-school program College Track, which she originally founded in 1997.
Although much of his donations remain a mystery to the general public, Steve Jobs contributed quite a bit to a variety of different philanthropic efforts.
Source: The New York Times