Mar 23, 2022 - Economy

MacKenzie Scott donated almost $3.9 billion to nonprofits since June

MacKenzie Scott with her former husband, Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.

MacKenzie Scott with her former husband, Jeff Bezos, in 2018. Photo: Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced in a Medium post Wednesday that she has donated nearly $3.9 billion to 465 different organizations over the last nine months.

Why it matters: The announcement continues Scott's ability to upend philanthropic norms by giving away billions of dollars to organizations, as she also did in both 2020 and 2021.

  • Scott, who has a fortune of $55.7 billion, has been "single-handedly reshaping nonprofits with her giving," per Bloomberg.

Details: Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wrote that the aim of the donations is to "support the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds. The cause of equity has no sides."

  • The list of recipients include community-based organizations, social justice groups and organizations dedicated to the environment and bringing relief to Ukraine. These include the Climate Justice Resilience Fund, various Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Malala Fund.
  • Scott also gave $436 million to Habitat for Humanity International and dozens of its U.S. affiliates this year. She donated $275 million to Planned Parenthood, the organizations's largest ever gift from a single donor, the organization announced Wednesday.
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