Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human rights

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Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.




The unnamed winner of the CharityBuzz auction will be able to eat lunch with Apple's chief executive at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Like last year's auction, the winning bid also nets two VIP passes to an Apple event.

This is the fourth year in a row that Cook has offered up one-on-one time for charity, each auction raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2015, a lunch at Apple HQ raised $200,000 for the RFK Center, while bids in 2014 hit the $330,000 mark. Cook's first auction, a 30-minute chat over coffee, raised a whopping $610,000 in 2013.

Like past CharityBuzz events, the winner of Cook's latest auction must find a date and time that works with the chief executive's schedule, a process that could take up to one year. The hour-long lunch is valid for a winner and one guest. Meal costs are included, but travel and accommodation arrangements are not. The auction does not specify VIP event ticket blackout dates, suggesting the winner might be able to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

As with other major auctions, CharityBuzz does not disclose the winner's identity.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    in b4 Apple should focus on their products. 
  • Reply 2 of 10
    JanNLJanNL Posts: 314member
    Saw some articles in other media telling it's going bad with Apple and it shows in the winning bid getting lower every year... Apart from a total ridiculous connection, the bid is higher than the previous years, so again negative, clueless opinions. Again and again...
    calijony0
  • Reply 3 of 10
    alphafoxalphafox Posts: 131member
    Wish me luck! 
  • Reply 4 of 10
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    alphafox said:
    Wish me luck! 
    Good luck!
  • Reply 5 of 10
    unknwntrrunknwntrr Posts: 69member
    Very happy to see him using his position and name to do good. I wish more CEOs were guiding their companies to help us solve these big issues!
  • Reply 6 of 10
    retrogustoretrogusto Posts: 900member
    sog35 said:
    unknwntrr said:
    Very happy to see him using his position and name to do good. I wish more CEOs were guiding their companies to help us solve these big issues!
    that's bull.

    Tim Cook is getting paid $100 Million.  He should be worked his ass off trying to figure how to return Apple to growth again instead of wasting time and energy on these events.

    China sales are plummetting.  iPhone shrank for the first time EVER. Watch seems to be slowing down. iPad has been down for OVER TWO YEARS.  Mac sales shunk last quarter. Yet he has time to dick around like this? Ridiculous.

    If Tim Cook wants to save the world he should step down as CEO of Apple and run a non profit.  I'm tired of him wasting Apple's and shareholders time on all these social issues. Let Apple PR handle that.  Let some dude who has a Phd on Social Scientist handle this stuff.  As the CEO of Apple Tim Cook needs to be 100% focused on the business.  Look at Bezos. Look at Musk.  Those guys don't waste company time on social issues.  

    Tim Cook seems more interested in social issues than running Apple. He should step down and allow a CEO who is 100% dedicated to running the company.
    It's a 1-hour lunch. Do you really think Tim shouldn't be allowed to take a single 1-hour lunch at any point next year, because that's just too much time to waste, given the currently perceived "failings" of Apple?

    On a somewhat related note, I'd like to point out a couple of things:

    Anybody who conducts financial analysis on Apple in the traditional year-over-year fashion is irrationally ignoring the fact that their biggest product release pattern follows 2-year cycles. By this measure, iPhone (and overall) sales are up, in China and worldwide. If they are down this year compared to 2 years ago, that would be worse, but still not so bad, given the huge upswing two years ago, with the release of the iPhone 6. Also, foreign exchange rates have been making things a lot more difficult, and China's economy has been suffering a downturn, so it seems to me like they've actually been doing very well. If and when the forex situation swings back in Apple's favor, that will be a big boost, like a spring just waiting to be released.

    In the last conference call, Tim said that iPad sales for the current quarter would be the best comparative results in years, so they seem to be making some headway against that trend.

    Mac sales may be down, but Mac market share has been mostly going up, since the personal computer market has been shrinking faster.

    There's still a 2-3 week wait for an iPhone SE, weeks after release. When was the last time they had an iPhone selling as fast as they could make them...in the June quarter?

    And given the specs and pricing of the SE, it seems that they are confident that the 7 will be a big enough step up that they won't have to worry about the SE cannibalizing sales.

    Coming soon.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    arbararbar Posts: 11member
    What about Employees who got serverly hurt on the job Tim Cook? 
  • Reply 8 of 10
    singularitysingularity Posts: 1,328member
    sog35 said:
    It's a 1-hour lunch. Do you really think Tim shouldn't be allowed to take a single 1-hour lunch at any point next year, because that's just too much time to waste, given the currently perceived "failings" of Apple?


    Sure the lunch only takes an hour.  But to prepare for it probably couple hours for Tim.  

    But it just sends the wrong message. Tim is spending way too much time on his social crusades.

    Just gives us the best products and services Tim.

    If you want to do social work then step down as CEO and run your own non-profit.
    It's amazing cook does everything on his own. Schedules his own appointments, his meetings and travel arrangements etc. Most other CEO's would have access to a large amount of PA's, they might even have a couple of personal PA's dedicated to looking after them but hey poor little Tim does all this on his own.
    For this I'm afraid, Tim you are fired!
  • Reply 9 of 10
    crowleycrowley Posts: 9,082member
    sog35 said:

     As the CEO of Apple Tim Cook needs to be 100% focused on the business.  Look at Bezos. Look at Musk.  Those guys don't waste company time on social issues.  
    1 lunch date?  Shut up with this nonsense.

    http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/
    http://www.muskfoundation.org/
    singularity
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