Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $84.5 million to Girl Scouts | Philanthropy
The Girl Scouts have received the largest monetary donation in their history, from billionaire novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who was once married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
An announcement from Girl Scouts of the USA on Tuesday thanked Scott for donating $84.5 million, which the organization has pledged to use to help with its recovery from various shutdowns associated with controlling the global coronavirus pandemic. .
“This is a great accelerator for our ongoing efforts to help girls cultivate the skills and connections needed to lead in their own communities and around the world,” the organization’s CEO, Sofia Chang, added in a statement. .
Chang – whose 110-year-old group of 2.5 million members is also famous for the ubiquitous cookies he sells to raise money for himself – added: “We are thrilled to prove how Ms. Scott’s investment in girls will change the world because when one girl succeeds, we all succeed.
Scott was quick to give away the $38 billion she raised in her 2019 divorce from Bezos amid tabloid reports about her relationship with a TV host. Her split from Bezos landed her the biggest divorce settlement in the world, which she later called a “disproportionate amount of money to share” and promised to give “until the safe is gone.” empty”.
Earlier in October, she announced a separate $15 million donation to VisionSpring, a social enterprise that provides eyewear to farmers in developing countries. Scott had previously donated more than $12 billion to various charitable organizations and causes, including providing affordable housing.
The donation to VisionSpring came after reports in late September that Scott had filed for divorce from her second husband, Seattle teacher Dan Jewett.
Scott’s campaign to empty the vault began after she signed the Giving Pledge, an initiative through which the super-rich can engage in philanthropy.