Originally Posted by anfboymn
Apple is acting like money is everything by not being a community leader; you can still be hugely successful while still being a major player in the philanthropy arena. And I promise you, Steve Jobs is now realizing money isn't everything.
Apple is a huge multinational corporation. To a huge multinational corporation money IS everything. That is the nature of such an institution. They are duty-bound to act in that manner.
Steve Jobs is a human being. He has no such duty. He can do what he wants.
If you would like to support a philanthropic organization, you have may choices. So does Steve.
But Apple just makes money for its owners. Nothing more, nothing less. They will do anything and everything they can to make profits or otherwise maximize shareholder value.
If they thought that giving money to charity would increase shareholder value, they would do it in a heartbeat. So far, they think that what they currently do is the best path. So far, they seem to be doing it very well.
Apple does NOT do what it does for ANY reason except to make profits. They do not do it merely to be "hugely successful", but instead, to be "as successful as possible" with no limits. And BTW, Target is exactly the same.