MacKenzie Scott donates $50 million to support USDA youth programs

(AP) – MacKenzie Scott’s $50 million donation to the National 4-H Council, which the youth-focused nonprofit called “transformational,” is among a new batch of donations of the philanthropist who is now revealed.

The gift to the organization, which supports the 120-year-old youth development program, is the second-largest gift Scott has made since announcing last year that she had given $2.7 billion to charitable non-profit organizations.

Scott has since remained silent about donations from her and her husband, Dan Jewett, in an effort to avoid media attention, although organizations that receive money from the couple have advertised the donations.

Earlier this month, Communities in Schools, which provides services in schools in low-income neighborhoods, said it received a $133.5 million contribution from Scott. The Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights, the National Council on Aging and other nonprofit organizations also announced smaller donations.

The National 4-H Council, which supports the Department of Agriculture’s 4-H Youth Development Program, said in a statement that Scott’s donation will support “positive youth development” for nearly six million people. children and their families. 4-H programs help children and teens across the country complete health, science and other projects at after-school programs and other locations.

Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the council, said they received a call in December letting them know the gift was on their way. And the amount came as a surprise.

“When I heard the giveaway would be $50 million, I lost my breath and had to sit down,” Sirangelo said, adding that it even brought tears to his eyes. .

According to Sirangelo, the organization’s board of directors has created a working group that will develop recommendations on how best to use the gift.

Over the past two years, Scott has given away more than $8 billion of his wealth, estimated by Forbes at $45.7 billion.

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