SAN FRANCISCO: As different countries take different measures to control the life-threatening coronavirus outbreak, Facebook wants to be able to collect $20 million in the form of donations to help fight off the disease.
The multi-million dollar social networking company joined hands with United Nations Foundations along with the World Health Organisation to form a Solidarity Response Fund for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Anyone is eligible to make a donation in this said fund.
Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook made the following post to thank the people who have donated, and also to introduce the initiative to the ones who haven't.
He said, "Facebook is matching up to $10 million in donations, and 100% of funds will directly support the work to prevent, detect and respond to the outbreak around the world."
"We'll also match $10 million for the CDC Foundation, which will launch a fundraiser in the next few weeks focused on combating the outbreak here in the US," he further added.
The company declared on 14 March 2020 that its motto is to collect $20 million via the fund. This amount is only half the amount of what Facebook manages to earn on a quarterly basis. This is being done to support the relief efforts for the coronavirus pandemic, on a global level.
Internet entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mark Zuckerberg also mentioned that his company is committing $ 10 million for the UNF (United Nations Foundation) and WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response. Additional $10 million has been committed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation. The fundraiser has already been launched and is available on Zuckerberg's Facebook account.