Jeff Bezos gives $100 million to Obama presidential library

Written by By Emily Parker, CNN

This story is published in partnership with CNN Travel.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has donated $100 million to the Obama Foundation, the Chicago-based non-profit that’s overseeing the former President’s presidential library project.

Launched in 2015, the foundation’s stated mission is to celebrate, preserve and promote the achievements of the Obama family while raising a broad vision for how the organization is a positive force for the country and the world.

The donation, Bezos announced on his blog , will fund the construction of a 250,000-square-foot, four-story facility and a 100,000-square-foot museum at Jackson Park in Chicago.

Donors can add up to $1 million to a pro rata donation for each park-related, Eisenhower/Sister Ruth-based project. President and Michelle Obama have also donated $1 million to a Chicago school that teaches health care to immigrants.

“This gift highlights my broader call to action to transform our country,” Bezos writes. “If we really want to extend the promise of opportunity in this country, we must get to work on the fundamentals that all children need: a safe place to learn, love and kindness in their daily lives, and a healthy, abundant environment that allows them to flourish.”

“As members of a generation that led our country through some of the most transformative changes in our history, President Obama and Michelle Obama have taken their legacy forward in unique and important ways,” he adds.

“Their vision to live out the legacy of our shared values across the globe through the world’s libraries is a meaningful undertaking that reflects their belief that our shared principles are stronger and more durable than any campaign, any campaign contributions, or any action they took in the White House.”

In addition to the $100 million donation, Bezos says he will provide support “to match one dollar from every Amazon customer to President Obama’s library foundation for this year.” The initial goal is to match donations by 50,000 people for a total of $100 million.

The donation comes as online retail giant Amazon is embroiled in a legal dispute with the Trump administration , which has threatened to go after the company over tax evasion and its delivery process.

Last week, the Treasury Department announced that it would explore tax evasion and collecting tariffs from companies that use Amazon’s marketplace.

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