Apple CEO Tim Cook is the most powerful (openly) gay man in America, and also the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company. As such, he’s done a lot for gay rights during his interim at Apple, and now he’s doing even more, making a sizable personal donation to a gay rights campaign in his home state of Alabama, as well as Arkansas and Mississippi.
The donation is being made to Project One America, an anitiative of the Human Rights Campaign to “build acceptance for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in the states.” Campaign efforts include advertising on TV, posting flyers, and more. No one will say how much the donation is for, but the organization calls it a “substantial” one.
Here’s what the Human Rights Campaign’s president, Chad Griffin, had to say about the donation:
When Tim first learned about HRC’s Project One America – our bold, comprehensive campaign to dramatically advance equality for LGBT Americans in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi – he said, “I’m in.” Thanks to his generous personal financial investment in the program, together we will move the needle forward at the local and state level, tearing down misperceptions and providing concrete protections for those who need it most.
In 2015, we’ll continue this work with greater urgency than ever before. And thanks to the deep, personal generosity of Tim Cook, and the support of our 1.5 million members and supporters across the country, we’ll keep making progress every day.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet has confirmed Tim’s donation. It’s a nice little end to what has been, I think we can all agree, a fantastic year for Tim Cook, the singular CEO everyone once saw as Steve Jobs’s runner-up. He sure has set himself apart.