Jeff Bezos Donates $100M to Obama Foundation in John Lewis’ Honor

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This gift will be utilized “to help expand the scope of programming that reaches emerging leaders” in the U.S. and around the world.  

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donated $100 million to the Obama Foundation, one of the largest individual gifts the organization has received to date, the foundation said on Monday, according to ABC News.  

This gift will be utilized “to help expand the scope of programming that reaches emerging leaders” in the U.S. and around the world. 

The construction of this new presidential center has an estimated cost of $830 million and is expected to be completed in 2025. The foundation is offering its donors the opportunity to “honor the names of those who have fought for a more just and equitable world” by naming public spaces in the future presidential center. 

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The money will be used to honor the memory of John Lewis, a congressman and civil rights leader who died last year, ABC News reported. Not only will the $100 million be donated in his honor, but Bezos asked that the plaza at the Obama Presidential Center be named after Lewis.  

“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and I can’t think of a more fitting person to honor with this gift than John Lewis, a great American leader and a man of extraordinary decency and courage,” Jeff Bezos said in the statement released by the foundation. “I’m thrilled to support President and Mrs. Obama and their Foundation in its mission to train and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.” 

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