Dell Launches $100 Million Rebuild Texas Campaign
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Houston native and Dell Technologies Founder Michael Dell and his wife, Susan, announced Friday that they are working to raise $100 million to aid in Texas’ long-term recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the couple said they want to work parallel to state funded recovery efforts, rallying private donations through the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation’s Rebuild Texas Fund.
The Dells said they have committed $36 million to the project, and will make an initial donation of $18 million. They will then contribute an additional dollar for every two donated to the fund.
Donations can be made at rebuildtx.org or by texting RebuildTX to 91999. The donation window began Friday and will continue to midnight on Monday, September 4.
“Here in Texas, we have a massive rebuilding effort ahead of us,” the Dells wrote on their foundation’s website. “The Rebuild Texas Fund will work with community partners in affected regions with early focus on four areas: health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for rebuilding small businesses.”
Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies. He grew up in Houston and started the company, then called PC’s Limited, in a condo in 1984. In 1992, at the age of 27, he became the youngest CEO ranked in Fortune Magazine’s list of the top 500 corporations.