Disability providers are among the groups that receive donations from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Scott said she donated more than $ 4.1 billion to nonprofits in just four months. (Shutterstock)
Several non-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities receive an unprecedented and unexpected inflow of funds from the ex-wife of billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as part of a massive donation wave.
Easterseals and 22 of its subsidiaries across the country said they received $ 162 million from MacKenzie Scott. Meanwhile, Goodwill Industries International announced it had received $ 20 million and 46 of its affiliates received additional funding.
The contributions are the largest any one of the groups has ever received. Both non-profit organizations are over 100 years old.
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The money is part of a donation flash from Scott, who announced in December that she had donated over $ 4.1 billion to 384 organizations across the country over the past four months.
Scott signed the Giving Pledge in 2019, a commitment to donate most of their wealth to charity.
In a post on Medium, the philanthropist cited the pandemic, which she described as the “wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling,” saying that she “has asked a team of advisors to help me make my 2020 donations through immediate support accelerate.” People suffering from the economic impact of the crisis. “
Some of the organizations selected are meeting basic needs by providing food and emergency relief, Scott said.
“Others address long-term systemic inequalities exacerbated by the crisis: debt relief, employment training, credit and financial services for underserved communities, education for historically marginalized and underserved people, civil rights groups, and legal protection funds that accept institutional discrimination,” she wrote.
Scott stated that all donations are “unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with complete confidence and unconditional”.
Angela Williams, President and CEO of Easterseals, described the financing as “transformative”.
“With these resources, we will be able to expand our network and services to meet the growing needs of children and adults with disabilities so that they can fully participate in their communities and society,” said Williams.