In the last four months, MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has donated over $4 billion to many charities and organizations — most especially to food banks and emergency relief funds across the United States.
A month after her divorce she promised to give away her billions “until the safe is empty.” Truly, she started fulfilling this promise in July with reports revealing that she had already donated $1.7 billion of her $60 billion fortune to 116 charities
The New York Times revealed that her donations “might be among the most ever handed out directly to charities in a single year by a living donor.”
Scott revealed that say she has been working with some advisors to assist her in speeding up her giving to organizations that need immediate support in the face of the COVID crisis.
Using a “data-driven approach” to identifying organizations with strong leadership teams, and paying “special attention to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital,” recipients of Scott’s funding include the YMCA, Meals on Wheels, the Global Fund for Women, civil rights organization the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, many dozens of food banks, Goodwill, and various centers of education such as Blackfoot Community College.
MacKenzie Scott revealed that these organizations assist by delivering vital services, “and also through the profound encouragement felt each time a person is seen, valued, and trusted by another human being.”
Scott is not the only billionaire who’s been giving in 2020. While Jeff Bezos has not signed the Giving Pledge, he has distributed $791 million in grant money to large environmental organizations through the Bezos Earth Fund.