Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has reportedly donated 290,000 shares of company stock, worth about $31 million, to several different charities.
Most of the money is supposed to go to women’s empowerment groups including Lean In, Sandberg’s nonprofit supporting working women, according to CNBC. Which, you know, is awesome.
This isn’t the first time the Jewish COO has supported charities and donated to various causes. In 2014, she signed The Giving Pledge, an effort started in 2010 by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, as a way to encourage more of the world’s wealthiest to donate at least half of their wealth to charities. She also gave over 400,000 shares of Facebook to an unknown recipient in 2012.
We’re glad to see Sandberg set a positive precedence and charitable example to others. While most people are not nearly as wealthy as Sandberg or many other public figures, donating small amounts, whether it’s time, money, or other items, can make a world of difference. Let’s use this as an example to be kinder to others on a regular basis.