MacKenzie Scott, who was previously married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is a highly regarded philanthropist and known for her generous donations and grants to nonprofits and community-based initiatives.
And her latest donation breaks records.
On Tuesday, The Girl Scouts of the USA revealed that Scott had donated $84.5 million to the organization and 29 local branches, which was the largest one-time donation the company has ever received in its more than 100-year history.
The Girl Scouts plan to use the funding to make up for lost funding during the pandemic.
Other uses of the funds will go toward improving science and technology education for its members, D&I initiatives (namely to reach new members from underserved communities), as well as renovations at campgrounds and other Girl Scout sites.
The organization also plans to use Scott’s donation to “promote meaningful program innovation based on girls’ current interests and needs to prepare them for leadership, including an expanded focus on career readiness and mental wellbeing.” the organization said. a press release.
Sofia Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, said Scott’s support for the nonprofit “is honestly as much as the donation” and that after the pandemic, she is committed to building the Girl Scouts “stronger than ever before.” . “
Scott recently made headlines when she filed for divorce from her second husband, Dan Jewett, last month after just over a year and a half of marriage.
Prior to her application, she donated two homes in Beverly Hills to the California Community Foundation to support the Affordable Housing and Immigrant Integration Initiatives, worth an estimated total of $55 million.
It’s part of a 2019 commitment, the philanthropist made to donate most of her wealth goes to nonprofit and philanthropic efforts as part of the Giving Pledge — when billionaires pledge to donate most of their wealth to charities at the end of their lives.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Scott’s net worth was an estimate $28.4 billion.