Live The Mission

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative encourages all employees to “live the mission” through a dedication to service both inside and outside of CZI. Our Life of Service Gift empowers employees who reach key anniversaries with funding to support non-profits they choose directly. These personal stories capture the spirit of service that drives our work at CZI.

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My own independent actions reflect my long-standing passion for the environment and my new understanding of the social systems in my community that need reform.
Adina Abelas 4 Years at CZI

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I love cultivating a sense of belonging and joyful civic engagement in my community, especially with my queer community here in San Francisco.
Robert Avruch 4 Years at CZI

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When I was looking for organizations where I can share my Life of Service funds, I was looking for local emergency shelters. I want to support these brave survivors on their journey towards healing so they can start their new life.
Eunitz Beganovic 7 Years at CZI
Heidi Bjornson-Pennell

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I am eternally grateful for the work of the PCDF to support the patient community, elevate the patient voice, and tirelessly drive forward research in this rare disease, bringing hope of a cure to all those affected and those that love them.
Heidi Bjornson-Pennell 5 Years at CZI

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Fresh Artists empowers teachers to change the lives of their students, and brings visibility to the importance of arts education and expression for young people at a formative time in their lives.
Patricia Brennan 5 Years at CZI

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Until there is a world where there are no wars and no one is forced to leave their home to secure a better life for themselves and their families, I hope that we can open our minds and hearts to helping others who make the difficult journey from a home lost to a new home found.
Katja Brose 7 Years at CZI
I volunteer my time and expertise to the local school district to support improved outcomes for the students in my community. I believe that being present and a resource is most important.
Drew Brown 4 Years at CZI
Glyn Burleigh-Sheard

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Two of my best friends have daughters who needed an operation to fix their Hip Dysplasia (DDH) and so when given the opportunity to give back I chose Steps Worldwide.
Glyn Burleigh-Sheard 3 Years at CZI

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As a parent, husband and scientist, I feel a calling to be all I can be to serve humanity through the honest pursuit of understanding the world, with honesty and compassion.
Gully Burns 5 Years at CZI

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Inspired by my adopted dog, I directed my gift to the local humane society to support animals. I also donated to the local trail building non-profit to support the accessibility and development of trails so more people can enjoy the benefits of being active and outdoors.
Julie Cofsky 4 Years at CZI
I wanted to try and support an organization doing amazing work that promotes just, equitable and conscientious work within our community.
Jonah Cool 7 Years at CZI
Through the Ear Hustle podcast, I learned about Mount Tamalpais College and believe education is critical to breaking recidivism and setting up those incarcerated for success.
Allison Doami 4 Years at CZI
As a former park ranger, I’m excited to support youth to connect with and conserve parks, public lands and urban green spaces.
Leah Duran 6 Years at CZI
Bryant Enge

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Kraken Sports
My life of service is to inspire others that we can all succeed through hard work and perseverance.
Bryant Enge 5 Years at CZI

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Kraken Sports
Recognizing the crucial role of early childhood development in shaping a child's future well-being, I'm deeply invested in supporting families in need during this pivotal stage of their children's lives.
Elisa Espinoza 3 Years at CZI

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I love supporting these students because I was once one of them, and feel it's important to help these students showcase their brilliance and resilience.
Patricia Flores 4 Years at CZI

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Through college prep, scholarship, support and mentorship, Educating Students Together does incredible work to help students in need achieve their dreams of going to college and thrive beyond.
Erika Fogarty 5 Years at CZI
I chose Upward Scholars because I believe in their mission to reduce economic barriers and help adult immigrant students achieve economic mobility through education and career support.
Cassey Gatchalian 4 Years at CZI
I am grateful to support three important causes based in my birthplace of Oakland, California that are working to address youth leadership development, mental health services for black women and the broken incarceration system.
Chauntel Goodman 3 Years at CZI
I believe in the power of science to educate, empower, and uplift communities when there is trusted and equal access to process and products of scientific research.
Kishore Hari 5 Years at CZI
What keeps me involved with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is the people, the incredible community of volunteers, foundation staff, friends, and family, who all show up to support the ongoing efforts of SFAF to help those living with and at risk for HIV in our city.
Sean Harris 4 Years at CZI
The Mission District was a very important part of my life. I grew up surrounded by the richness and beauty of my Latino-Chicano culture, went to elementary and middle school there, and later worked in the community through my college years and beyond. As someone who worked and went to school in the Mission, I am not only touched by the efforts being made by Carnaval SF and the Latino Task Force but extremely proud and inspired by the continual leadership, dedication, and commitment of the community organizers, who consistently show up and engage the community to preserve our culture, language, traditions, and provide culturally competent services.
Alicia Hendaoui 7 Years at CZI

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I support Black Girls Code's mission to nurture the next generation of technologists and increase the number of women of color in this exciting and fulfilling professional family.
Timmy Huang 7 Years at CZI

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I want to ensure that the community that enabled me to thrive can continue to do so for families in need today.
Cristina Huezo 8 Years at CZI

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Merciful Hearts, a home of compassion and love, is a home for the dying, destitute, poor, and abandoned of society. The founder gave up her teaching career to establish this home. This makes me believe in our statement; A Future for Everyone.
Deepika Jain 5 Years at CZI

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Explora is an interactive science center in Albuquerque, New Mexico that values learning, community, flexibility and people for creating racial equity in STEAM, echoing what we hold valuable at CZI. Volunteering at Explora started me on a path that led me eventually to CZI.
Stephen Jett 3 Years at CZI

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I believe that all science will be better science with continued expansion of representation and diversity within the field and think that inspiring girls at a young age, through the programming offered by Techbridge Girls, is a step in the right direction!
Katrina Kalantar 5 Years at CZI
As a Recruiting Manager and proud Latina at CZI, I have dedicated myself to championing and advocating for the recruitment of first generation, underrepresented and diverse candidates from a variety of backgrounds and lived experience.
Julianna Kerrigan 5 Years at CZI
My own struggles with maternal and fetal health have made me passionate about organizations working to decrease maternal mortality rates and improve infant health.
Julia Klebanov 4 Years at CZI
Community members were motivated to improve their environment and protect their health … I am grateful to continue supporting this community-led effort through HERI Kenya.
Amy Krystosik 4 Years at CZI

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I chose to support Phoenix Bioinformatics, a local non-profit, because of its dedication to scientific data stewardship.
Donghui Li 7 Years at CZI

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Supporting public education has been a huge part of my life since my daughter started kindergarten in 2008. I followed her through elementary, middle, and high school, volunteering all along the way; she's in her second year of college now and I've made a full-circle return to her elementary school, where I am volunteering again.
Jennifer Magnone 5 Years at CZI

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Given the immediate pandemic and the issues surrounding it, we have focused our giving and our time toward helping people get through the pandemic as best as they can.
Marc Malandro 6 Years at CZI
Everyone should have access to basic needs such as food and shelter, Community Action Napa Valley stays true to its mission by providing basic needs along with other programs to support people.
Tabitha Marblestone 5 Years at CZI
My father passed away in 2009, he was a life-long member of Rotary. I never got the chance to know my father as an adult, but now as a member, I use my VTO to run Zoom for our club meetings and chose to support the Rotary International Foundation in loving memory of my father.
Mike Mazza 3 Years at CZI

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I am dedicated to uplifting our LGBTQ voices, celebrating our culture, and supporting our rights.
Jandi Mesinger 5 Years at CZI

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Supporting local initiatives fosters a sense of connection and impact. Choosing community focused organizations reflect a desire to make a tangible and positive difference in the local area, strengthening the community and addressing specific needs that resonate with me.
Sabine Middlemass 4 Years at CZI
I believe deeply in the power of community. I selected organizations that support a wide variety of issues and are often overlooked by big donors because of their location or the scope of their work. These organizations are vital to the communities they serve.
Tonantzin Mitre 3 Years at CZI
The HER Foundation is an incredible resource; they provide valuable resources to those suffering with this condition that aren't available anywhere else.
Meagan Mnich 7 Years at CZI
I chose this organization to help support immigrants/refugees who need immigration legal assistance, education and civic engagement opportunities.
Sandra Moreno 6 Years at CZI
My parents taught me from a young age that we reap what we sow, and I've used that as a guiding principle throughout my life to give back to my community.
Daniel Palombo 5 Years at CZI
The two organizations I selected to support, PanCan and TGen, were directly related to honoring my mother’s memory after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer and giving hope to helping cure or manage that disease in the future.
Girish Patangay 5 Years at CZI
Disability Rights Advocates leverages litigation as a tool to advance urgent, overdue progress for communities, so everyone can access healthcare services, use public transportation, vote, and so much more. I am so grateful for the chance to support their essential work!
Madeline Pensiero 3 Years at CZI
I'm giving back to the California-Mexico Studies program that enabled Dreamers to study abroad, adjust their legal status through marriage, and reconnect with their birthplace, family, and culture. This program can be a model for other colleges and universities.
Lorena Perez 3 Years at CZI
I chose these organizations because they help people reach a positive future through job training and help disrupt the cycles of incarceration and poverty.
Dale Ramos 7 Years at CZI

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Housing is a fundamental human right and in working with Habitat for Humanity over the past 10 years, I've been so fortunate to witness firsthand the transformative impact that support from Habitat can have on families, communities, and the volunteers themselves.
Christine Sanders 4 Years at CZI

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Erich Schmidt

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Helping to build and secure the world's only equitable, digital, decentralized proof of work monetary network with a fixed issuance accessible to all that doesn't inflate away our hard-earned economic energy.
Erich Schmidt 3 Years at CZI

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Too often, LGBTQ+ youth are forced into attempts to change their sexual orientation through harmful and completely unscientific practices. Born Perfect is working to dismantle the conversion therapy industry through policy and public education across the country.
Jennifer Stoff Sood 3 Years at CZI
In my life and work, I am guided by my morals, data, common and uncommon sense, and the simple goal to reduce suffering for all creatures in any way I can.
Norbert Tavares 5 Years at CZI
As runners and hikers it is important to our family that we maintain the trees, plants, and wildlife of this community.
Julie Yermack 4 Years at CZI

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Gifting amounts updated as of July 1, 2024

*TOTAL AMOUNTS INCLUDE CORPORATE MATCHING AND GIFT FUNDING

LIFE OF SERVICE GIFTS ARE PERSONAL DONATIONS MADE BY CZI EMPLOYEES IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION AND DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN ENDORSEMENT OF OR GRANT TO THE RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION BY CZI.