“Earlier this week, Salesforce.com founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne announced a $500,000 commitment in support of immigrant children that have flocked to the U.S. in recent months from places like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The funding will be used to secure legal representation, trauma counseling and other services for unaccompanied minors who have ended up in California, and is part of a public-private partnership launched by the California Endowment that has currently raised more than $2 million.
This gift isn’t surprising, falling in line with the Benioffs’ main philanthropic cause: helping kids. They’ve put more than $200 million in recent years into building state-of-the-art children’s hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, and donated millions more to schools, libraries, health centers, and children’s museums. One can only assume that the “other services” they are supporting for these children include ensuring these kids are healthy and properly cared for.
The Benioffs aren’t the only tech philanthropists tackling immigration issues, though. In fact, the tech industry in general has long been supportive of immigration reform, particularly when it comes to fast-tracking immigration for highly skilled laborers, engineers, programmers, and scientists. So who are the other tech philanthropists taking on immigration?”