SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk poses on the red carpet of the Axel Springer Award 2020 on December 01, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Photo Credit: Pool/Getty Images, Video: Khan Academy

Heroes USA26. January 2021

Tesla CEO Donates Millions to Nonprofit Online Learning

The American entrepreneur and philanthropist Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has made a $5 million donation to an online learning organization through his foundation dedicated to supporting research in renewable energy, space exploration, and science.

“This [donation] is going to allow us to accelerate all sorts of content,” says Salman Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy. “Our aspirations are all subjects — from kids to early stages of college. This will accelerate our science content, allow us to do more early learning, allow us to make the software and the practice that much more engaging.”

Khan Academy is dedicated to “provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere” to its 120 million registered users. Up to 30 million students use the platform on a monthly basis. Through videos available in 36 languages, each can learn at their own pace. “I view this type of investment in what we’re doing as really foundational for us to be able to build a multi-generational institution so that future Elon Musks of the world are also able to tap into their potential and help all of us up-level who we are as a civilization,” adds Khan.


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