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MacKenzie Scott – Ex-Wife Of Billionaire Jeff Bezos – Donates MILLIONS To Several HBCUs, Reportedly Gifts $1.7 Billion To Charities

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MacKenzie Scott – the ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos – said she was going to give the majority of her wealth back to society. And she’s doing just that. She recently donated millions to several historically black colleges and universities. She also coughed up almost two billion dollars in total to donate to several charities. More inside...

Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott - formerly known as MacKenzie Bezos - is paying it forward in a MAJOR way. And we mean MAJOR!

The 50-year-old walked away with almost $38 billion after her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The couple – who share four children - called it quits in 2019 and the divorce was finalized back in April.



After the divorce, she made a commitment to give away the majority of her wealth in her lifetime and that’s exactly what she’s doing. She revealed in an article posted on Medium that she has donated $1.7 billion to various charities related to racial equity, climate change and public health.

”Like many, I watched the first half of 2020 with a mixture of heartbreak and horror,” she wrote. “Life will never stop finding fresh ways to expose inequities in our systems; or waking us up to the fact that a civilization this imbalanced is not only unjust, but also unstable.

”What fills me with hope is the thought of what will come if each of us reflects on what we can offer. Opportunities that flowed from the mere chance of skin color, sexual orientation, gender, or zip code may have yielded resources that can be powerful levers for change. People troubled by recent events can make new connections between privileges they’ve enjoyed and benefits they’ve taken for granted. From there, many will choose to share some of what they have with people whose equal participation is essential to the construction of a better world,” she continued.

The novelist/philanthropist – who is the second-richest woman in the world - also made HUGE donations to several historically black colleges and universities, including Howard University. MacKenzie reportedly donated $40 million to Howard, making it the largest gift from a single donor in school’s history.



Hampton didn’t reveal the amount, but HU President Dr. William R. Harvey said the university received the “largest, single gift in the school’s history from Ms. MacKenzie Scott.”

Tuskegee University received $20 million:



Spelman College, Morehouse and Xavier University of Louisiana also received donations:





Ms. Scott donated to a total 116 organizations, which include Black Girls Code, Movement for Black Lives, Obama Foundation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, United Negro College Fund, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and more.

"I gave each a contribution and encouraged them to spend it on whatever they believe best serves their efforts. Unless organization leadership requested otherwise, all commitments were paid up front and left unrestricted to provide them with maximum flexibility," she wrote.

She continued:

On this list, 91% of the racial equity organizations are run by leaders of color, 100% of the LGBTQ+ equity organizations are run by LGBTQ+ leaders, and 83% of the gender equity organizations are run by women, bringing lived experience to solutions for imbalanced social systems.

Here's the breakdown to her almost $2 billion donation:

Racial Equity: $ 586,700,000

LGBTQ+ Equity: $ 46,000,000

Gender Equity: $ 133,000,000

Economic Mobility: $ 399,500,000

Empathy & Bridging Divides: $ 55,000,000

Functional Democracy: $ 72,000,000

Public Health: $ 128,300,000

Global Development: $ 130,000,000

Climate Change: $ 125,000,000

We’re here for this type of philanthropy! Changing the playing field and closing the gap requires money, and Ms. Scott has stepped up to the plate tremendously.  Thank you.

Ball's in your court, Jeff.


Photos: Eric Glenn/Shutterstock.com/Getty

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