Are Tech Philanthropists Leaving Out Local?

Going big or going home

Why It Matters

In this series, we unpack why tech philanthropists may favour backing ambitious, large-scale global issues as opposed to supporting local community issues — and why this trend is essential to understand when examining the new philanthropic landscape.

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Today’s tech companies are global players with an international reach. Generating billions in wealth, it’s not surprising that tech founders would put their philanthropic dollars behind large-scale missions, like completely eradicating a disease or ‘defying death’. 

In this series, we’ve established that the tech sector is the driving force behind modern-day philanthropy. As society continues to grapple with emergencies like climate change, it’s easy to argue that transformative action on major scales is critical. 

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