MacKenzie Scott donates $640m to US non-profits

Written by on March 20, 2024

(BBC) – MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is giving $640m (£504m) to non-profit organisations, more than double her previously planned donations for the year.

The billionaire announced this week she would give the money to 361 small groups, out of the more than 6,000 organisations that applied for funding.

She had initially planned to make 250 awards of $1m each this year.

Ms Scott has given away $16.5bn since divorcing Mr Bezos in 2019.

She has a net worth of $37.5bn according to Forbes, which rates her as the fourth richest woman in the world, and has pledged to give away half of her wealth over the course of her life. Most of the money comes from a 4% stake in Amazon that was included in her divorce settlement.

Some of the recipients include the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama, Justice for Migrant Women, the Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Mental Health Advocacy Services.

Ms Scott posted on social media that the money had been given to groups “for their outstanding work advancing the voices and opportunities of individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles”.

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