New database reveals MacKenzie Scott donated hundreds of millions of dollars to California Education
MacKenzie Scott, a philanthropist, vowed to contribute at least half of her assets to charitable causes in 2019. She is well on her way to achieving that, as evidenced by a new database her foundation unveiled last week. She has donated $14 billion to more than 1,600 non-profit organizations, including 128 in California.
The beneficiaries of more than half of the gifts in California include after-school programs, public schools, colleges, and institutions, as well as organizations that research education. The gifts, which have typically been in the millions of dollars, have been given without conditions, allowing the beneficiaries to decide how to use the funds.
In her 2019 vow, Scott stated that "we individually come by the gifts we have to contribute by an infinite chain of influences and fortuitous breaks we can never fully grasp." "I have a disproportionate quantity of money to contribute in addition to whatever qualities life has cultivated in me. My philanthropic strategy will remain deliberate. It will require patience, diligence, and attention. But I won't hold off. And I'll continue doing it until the safe is emptied.
Author Scott was formerly wed to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. According to Forbes, she presently has a net worth of $25.3 billion.
According to the website Yield Giving, a recently established searchable database of gifts, Scott and her representatives have been quietly investigating candidates since she made her pledge three years ago, looking for those with the ability to make persistent beneficial impacts. Scott has given quietly to people who are frequently taken aback.
Last December, Scott, who regularly updates her blog with details about her humanitarian activities, said she would start the database to make the gifts more transparent. To allow organizations to apply for funding, she intends to alter the procedure, according to the material on Yield Giving.
Escondido Union School District superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra was shocked to receive a call in September from someone claiming to be a philanthropist who wanted to discuss more the district.
He was even more shocked to receive a second call in October informing him that Scott would be giving the district $16 million. It is the largest gift in the history of the educational system.
Rankins-Ibarra added, "She is investing in our future and she recognizes the biggest impact will be in our district. "Our students include lawyers and doctors. They are our mathematicians and scientists. This is the starting point. Her dedication to her studies speaks well of her. For children, schools change their life.
In the high-needs Escondido Union School District in San Diego County, 80% of the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
Scott's donation will be utilized to create a foundation of support for a new strategic plan that Rankins-Ibarra will implement. When Scott donated, stakeholder groups comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel had already begun developing the strategic plan.
Students have expressed a need for more authentic, real-world experiences, so the funds may be utilized to establish culinary arts facilities, television studios, or mobile maker spaces at schools, according to Rankins-Ibarra.
Scott has also given to other California school systems, including Fresno Unified, which received $20 million, and Kings River Union Elementary School District, which received $1.5 million. Lindsay Unified School District in Tulare County was one of the beneficiaries that have yet to declare the amount given on the website. The district instead announced the $8 million reward through Twitter.
Lindsay Unified School District highlighted one of the most recent gifts on Twitter last week. Lindsay Unified's Educational Foundation received $8 million. A video of children, parents, and staff thanking Scott for the donation was promptly shared by district administrators.
"We appreciate all of the possibilities because we have worked extremely hard, and it's really good to see that someone believes in us and is willing to offer us the means to get even further," a Lindsay Senior High School student said in the video.
Lindsay Unified School District has 4,000 students. Almost 90% qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
Outside of school, Scott's gifts have gone to groups working on issues such as health, equity, race, the environment, economics, maintaining democracy, and promoting arts and culture. Planned Parenthood, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels are among the grantees in California, as are countless local community-based organizations.
According to the website, the greatest donation in California went to the California Community Foundation, which received $50 million. In the Los Angeles area, the organization oversees charitable foundations and money. Scott gave the group two Beverly Hills mansions.
"Ms. Scott's targeted philanthropy is throwing a global spotlight on institutions around the country that are making major contributions to uplifting our societies through access to higher education for traditionally underserved communities," Chandler said. "Her transformative generosity is a wonderful acknowledgment of our missions and devotion to our communities. In a nutshell, her contributions fuel our collective progress toward justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion across the higher education landscape that is creating our nation."
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