MacKenzie Scott gave a historic gift to Boys and Girls Clubs

MacKenzie Scott, the novelist and philanthropist who helped ex-husband Jeff Bezos found Amazon, has donated $281 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This is the largest donation ever made to the organization by an individual in its long history.

Founded 160 years ago, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has more than 4,700 locations in communities across the country. The organization creates opportunities that improve the lives of children and teens by providing safe places, mentors, and skill building after school and during the summer.

“Gifts like this are rare and have an incredible impact. This is a historic moment for our organization and the clubs that have received significant support from MacKenzie Scott,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in a press release. “We know now, more than ever, that with the right support system, positive mentorship and opportunities, children can thrive. With this generous donation, Boys and Girls Clubs can continue to reach even more young people as we guide millions of children and teens on their journey to a brighter future.

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Scott, who has since remarried a Seattle-area teacher, has donated nearly $8.6 billion to more than 780 organizations since her divorce from Bezos in 2019, according to Forbes. reportedly donated more than $13 billion to various charities as of 2021, which included gifts made while the couple were still married.

Just a few weeks ago, Scott donated $133.5 million to Communities in Schools, an educational nonprofit that provides resources such as food and housing to 3,000 schools so that students can concentrate on their studies. The donation was the largest unsolicited donation in the nonprofit’s history.

“Today is an important day for students who are underserved, under-resourced and in need of transformative support to build a better future,” said Rey Saldaña, President and CEO of Communities In Schools, in a press release in February. “This unrestricted donation allows us to fight inequality in public education and reimagine the way schools operate and present themselves to all students.

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It’s safe to say that we can expect more giving from Scott in the future, as she and her husband, Dan Jewett, have signed the Giving Pledge. Founded by Warren Buffet, Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates, the Giving Pledge is a pledge by the world’s wealthiest people to donate the majority of their money to charities.

Scott retains 4% of Amazon shares, with Forbes estimating his net worth at $53.8 billion. After signing the Giving Pledge, she donated $4 billion in four months.

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