Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 11:42 am PT (02:42 pm ET)
Apple CEO Tim Cook offering coffee date for charity auctionApple CEO Tim Cook is offering the chance to chat over coffee, and all it might cost is a charity donation to the tune of $50,000.
With proceeds going to support The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Apple chief has promised the winner the opportunity to sit down over coffee with Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino for between 30 minutes and an hour. The offer went live on charity auction site Charitybuzz and currently has two bids.
The auction, which has an estimated value of $50,000, has 20 days left in its duration. The auction's winner will be able to take a guest for coffee with Cook. The bid does not, though, include travel and accommodations.
The legal terms of the auction state that Charitybuzz expects "polite manners and respect for the generous donor," and the winning bidder and guest will be subject to security screening. Bidding currently stands at $5,250.
Apple as an organization has a mixed record with charity. The company's late founder, Steve Jobs, was reluctant to publicize his own charitable works when alive, which made some question whether Jobs even engaged in charitable giving. Notable Apple personalities have previously donated their time, designs, and money in the past, though, to a range of causes.
Apple's corporate charitable efforts have seen a noteworthy public-facing increase under Cook's tenure, however. One of his first changes implemented in 2011 was a charitable matching program, which has raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations.
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