National Philanthropy Day Highlight: Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
Throughout the month of November, the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be highlighting honorees from National Philanthropy Day chapter events around the world, showcasing outstanding donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations and others who are being recognized for their commitment to change and philanthropy.
Today, we’re highlighting Jerry Yang and his wife Akiko Yamazaki, honored by the AFP Golden Gate Chapter as its 2019 Outstanding Philanthropists.
Jerry Yang founded Yahoo! in 1994 and served as the company’s CEO from 2007 to 2009. He left the company in 2012 and went on to become a mentor to technology start-ups through his new firm, AME Cloud Ventures. Jerry and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, are well-known philanthropists who focus on higher education, conservation and the arts.
In 2007, the couple gave $75 million to their alma mater Stanford University, where a majority of the donation helped build the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, a multi-disciplinary research, teaching and lab facility designed with sustainable architecture principles. In 2017, they pledged $25 million to the Asian Art Museum.
The AFP Golden Gate Chapter hosted its National Philanthropy Day event and honored Jerry and Akiko on November 15, 2019. To learn more about the event and honorees, please click here.