June 30, 2010, 09:30 AM ET
Facebook's Founder: Nonprofit Groups Can't Change the World
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social-networking site Facebook, has helped change the way people interact online. But can he change the world?
In a recent interview on the blog Inside Facebook, Mr. Zuckerberg explains why he believes companies like Facebook are better equipped to tackle society's problems than nonprofit groups.
"I think building a company is the best way to change the world, because it’s the best way to align the interests of a lot of smart people and a lot of partners to build something that’s great and that serves people," Mr. Zuckerberg said in the interview. "You can’t do that if you’re an individual because it’s just you and there’s no one to align, and you can’t do it if you’re a nonprofit because you have no resources and you’re constantly out trying to raise money instead of generating it and being self-sufficient."
Another Facebook founder has been in the news recently for work related to charity.
Chris Hughes, who worked with Mr. Zuckerberg to create Facebook, is building a new social network set to start in the fall that will help people find causes and nonprofit organizations that they care about.
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