Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $2.7 billion in latest form of charitable giving By Reuters



(Reuters) — Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott declared on Tuesday that she’s donated $2.7 billion to almost 300 organizations focused on what she described as”categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.”

Scott, who became one of the world’s richest girls upon her 2019 divorce from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:-RRB- In founder Jeff Bezos, has since given more than $8 billion in 3 rounds of contributions — each made public using a surprise statement.

Last year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she donated over $4 billion to food banks and emergency relief funds, months after she announced $1.7 billion in grants to causes like racial equality, LGBTQ rights and climate change.

Scott, who’s currently married to Dan Jewett, a Seattle science teacher, received a 4 percent stake in Amazon as part of her divorce and has promised to give the vast majority of her fortune. The 51-year-old is worth around $60 billion, according to Forbes, which makes her the 20th-richest person on the planet.

In a blog article on the website Medium, Scott said she and Jewett grappled with how to declare the donations because of their discomfort with getting the center of the story, rather than the groups they intend to gain.

“Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and administrators and advisors — we are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change,” she wrote. “In this endeavor, we are governed by a humbling belief that it’d be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of h

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