Does making a list of the most philanthropic people in the country seem counterintuitive? Aren’t the people who are making these huge donations doing it as a private, selfless act that shouldn’t be given a ranking? Is charitable giving another thing that needs to become competitive? Does anyone even care?

These are the deep questions of our generation… maybe.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy (a real thing that exists in the world) named Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan as the most generous American donors of 2013. The Facebook founder and his wife love giving away their money to the less fortunate, but what really tipped them over the edge was their December donation to the Silicon valley Community Foundation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at over $970 million. The Zuckerbergs love donating shares to the foundation: the Chronicle estimates that in the past two years alone, the young couple have donated 36 million shares at an estimated value of $1.5 billion.

Ranking aside, at least someone is shelling out that kind of dough to the people who need it.

J-Connection: Mark Zuckerberg is the Jewish founder of Facebook.