NVIDIA CEO And Wife Participate In 'Giving Tuesday,' Donate $1M To Non-Profit Helping At-Risk Students

It's easy to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season that we forget what this time of year is all about. That's why there's a thing called "Giving Tuesday," which follows right behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a day of giving thanks and giving back, and that wasn't lost on NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife Lori, who together donated $1 million to City Year's San Jose/Silicon Valley chapter. 

City Year is a national non-profit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention of students who are most at risk of dropping out. It does this through commitments by recent grads, called "crops members," who put in a year of full-time service as tutors, mentors, and role models.

Jen-Hsun Huang at City Year

With the Huang family's generous donation, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley will be able to expand its reach into additional elementary and middle schools, as well as increase the graduation rate of students at a new partnering high school in San Jose.

"City Year’s ability to help students and schools succeed is only possible because of mighty champions like Lori and Jen-Hsun Huang," said Toni Burke, vice president and executive director of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley. "This gift is game-changing and the first of its kind in our history. Equal access to quality education is the civil rights issue of our time. The health and well-being of our nation’s economy depend on it. Leaders like the Huang family are helping thousands more students realize their dreams."

The $1 million donation is the single largest gift ever received by City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley during its 20-year history. It will result in being able to help an additional 3,415 more kids over the course of the next three years.

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