May 26, 2022 - News

MacKenzie Scott's unprecedented gifts to Twin Cities nonprofits

Illustration of Mackenzie Bezos on a hundred dollar bill.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities is the latest local nonprofit to get a big boost from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott's recent giving spree.

What's new: The nonprofit announced this week that it got a record $6 million — a sum that exceeds its annual operating budget — as part of a $122.6 million grant the billionaire made to local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters America.

The big picture: Scott, who was married to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, is one of the country's most generous residents, as our Axios Finish Line colleagues noted last month.

  • She's given away an estimated $12 billion in just three years and plans to keep donating until it's mostly gone.

What they're saying: "I basically fell on the floor," Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities CEO Pat Sukhum told the Star Tribune. "It's an incredible, incredible gift."

Zoom in: A number of Twin Cities nonprofits have announced gifts totaling more than $50 million from Scott this year, according to releases and local media reports. Recipients include including:


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