Oculus CEO says Mark Zuckerberg helped influence $31m donation to UMD

“When we met Mark Zuckerberg, and he committed to the vision, this kind of sequence of events started and we found ourselves back on University of Maryland for a hackathon,”

Brendan Iribe, CEO, Oculus

It was announced on Thursday that Oculus CEO, Brendan Iribe was to donate $31 million to his alma mater, the University of Maryland.

Iribe has stated his desire to contribute to the public school system in Maryland, where he grew up, however it’s clear from the quote above that the meeting with Zuckerberg was an important catalyst in making the gift. Our team was pretty excited to see this in the news, but not surprised. After all, as our regular readers will know, we’ve firm believers in the power of peer influence when it comes to philanthropy.

If you’re a University or a Nonprofit, the best way to take advantage of this is to use a relationship mapping service to make sure you are fully aware of your constituents and existing donors’ relationships. Understanding who you have the potential to reach through them can help you focus on identifying high-value prospects with whom you can gain a peer introduction.

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