Mark Zuckerberg Just Donated More Money to Fight Ebola Than China, Canada, and France Combined

Those are some deep blue-jean pockets.

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Stephanie Stamm and Marina Koren
Oct. 14, 2014, 10:37 a.m.

Vari­ous na­tions, or­gan­iz­a­tions, and in­di­vidu­als have donated more than $507 mil­lion in hu­man­it­ari­an as­sist­ance to West Africa in its fight against Ebola. On Tues­day, Mark Zuck­er­berg pledged $25 mil­lion of his own — more than the dona­tions by the gov­ern­ments of China, Canada, and France com­bined.

The Face­book founder wrote in a Face­book post that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will give that sum to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol Found­a­tion, a non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tion that con­nects the CDC with private-sec­tor groups to cre­ate health pro­grams.

  People walk past the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center on Oct. 13 in Monrovia, Liberia.     National Journal

“We need to get Ebola un­der con­trol in the near term so that it doesn’t spread fur­ther and be­come a long term glob­al health crisis that we end up fight­ing for dec­ades at large scale, like HIV or polio,” Zuck­er­berg wrote in a Face­book post. “We be­lieve our grant is the quick­est way to em­power the CDC and the ex­perts in this field to pre­vent this out­come.”

The United States leads donors in con­tri­bu­tions to the West Africa out­break this year, with $167.5 mil­lion, or about 33 per­cent of total dona­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Fin­an­cial Track­ing Ser­vice, which doc­u­ments the flow of hu­man­it­ari­an aid to vari­ous causes. The World Bank ranks second, with $105 mil­lion. Third place lumps to­geth­er all the private in­di­vidu­als and or­gan­iz­a­tions who have con­trib­uted, ex­clud­ing Zuck­er­berg: $54.9 mil­lion.

Zuck­er­berg’s $25 mil­lion dona­tion tops con­tri­bu­tions by the United King­dom, ($18.8 mil­lion), Ger­many ($15.3 mil­lion), Aus­tralia ($13.9 mil­lion), China ($8.3 mil­lion), France ($6.6 mil­lion), and Canada ($4.3 mil­lion).

Zuck­er­berg is just one private cit­izen, though, so com­par­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to that of an en­tire coun­try is not en­tirely fair. But his siz­able dona­tion adds sig­ni­fic­antly to the total giv­en to Ebola re­sponse ef­forts by in­di­vidu­als and cor­por­a­tions so far, which CNNMoney re­ports has lagged far be­hind the money donated to re­lief ef­forts for nat­ur­al dis­asters, like the 2013 typhoon in the Phil­ip­pines and the 2010 earth­quake in Haiti. Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates’s con­tri­bu­tion to fight­ing the out­break — $50 mil­lion from his found­a­tion to United Na­tions agen­cies in­volved in treat­ing and con­tain­ing the vir­us on the ground in West Africa — helped that too. Their big con­tri­bu­tions show that some bil­lion­aires are already do­ing more for this Ebola out­break than en­tire na­tions could.