48-year-old Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently gave $126.6 million worth of Alphabet stock to the Sergey Brin Family Foundation and to the Michael J. Fox Foundation towards advancing Parkinson’s research.
Brin- who likes to keep a low profile- is a longtime contributor to the Fox Foundation and has supported Parkinson’s Disease research as a key personal pursuit – as both Brin’s mother Eugenia and aunt have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
In 2008, Brin decided to make a donation to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where his mother has received treatment
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through a well-funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
The Foundation exists for one reason: to accelerate the next generation of Parkinson’s disease treatments.
In practice, that means identifying and funding projects most vital to patients; spearheading solutions around seemingly intractable field-wide challenges; coordinating and streamlining the efforts of multiple, often disparate, teams; and doing whatever it takes to drive faster knowledge turns for the benefit of every life touched by PD.
As of the end of 2020, the San Francisco based Brin Foundation, has distributed more than $520 million to nonprofits in the Bay Area — where Brin lives — and elsewhere. In addition, -among other causes-Brin previously donated at least $23 million worth of textbooks to Nicole Shanahan’s Bia Echo Foundation. Recent grant recipients for the Brin foundation include many California-based schools, libraries, and educational programs.