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MacKenzie Scott donates $3.8 billion

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MacKenzie Scott, American novelist and philanthropist, recently announced she's donated nearly $4 billion to over 400 nonprofits across the country.

Sharing the news in a post on Medium, MacKenzie wrote: “We are all human. And we all have enormous energy to devote to helping and protecting those we love.”

Sharing the list of 465 nonprofits, to which she has gifted $3,863,125,000, she added: “Our aim has been to support the needs of underrepresented people from groups of all kinds. The cause of equity has no sides.”

“Equity can only be realized when all people involved have an opportunity to help shape it,” she wrote. “Each non-profit it will list was selected through a rigorous process, and has a strong track record of serving under-supported needs.”

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The causes she has donated to have a diverse range of missions and causes, with everything from those protecting women’s health, to those working to solve the climate crisis, as well as those in education. 

MacKenzie, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is known for her philanthropic efforts. In total, she has donated to 1,257 organisations. 

She added: “This belief in a diversity of voices also inspires our commitment to a vital category of leaders. The leadership of people directly experiencing inequities is essential, both because it is informed by insights no one else can contribute, and because it seeds power and opportunity within the community itself. 

“Approximately 60% of the organizations listed below are led by women, and 75% by people with lived experience in the regions they support and the issues they seek to address.”

You can find a list of all the nonprofits MacKenzie donated to on her Medium page

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