MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has donated greater than $4bn up to now 4 months to a whole lot of charities and support organisations, together with meals banks combating the affect of the coronavirus pandemic.
In July, Scott stated she had donated $1.7bn to 116 charities. On Tuesday, the 50-year-old stated she had determined to “speed up” her donation technique this yr, and up to now 4 months has given an additional $4.15bn to 384 organisations throughout the US and Puerto Rico, taking her whole donations this yr to $6bn.
“This pandemic has been a wrecking ball within the lives of People already struggling,” she wrote in a blogpost titled 384 Methods to Assist. “Financial losses and well being outcomes alike have been worse for ladies, for individuals of color, and for individuals residing in poverty. In the meantime, it has considerably elevated the wealth of billionaires.”
Bezos, who was married to MacKenzie for 26 years, is the world’s wealthiest individual, with a fortune estimated at $182bn, in accordance with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
MacKenzie stated she took a “data-driven” method to deciding on the recipients of donations. Nevertheless, her workforce paid “particular consideration to these working in communities dealing with excessive projected meals insecurity, excessive measures of racial inequity, excessive native poverty charges, and low entry to philanthropic capital”.
She added that a few of her donations aimed to fulfil fundamental wants, similar to meals banks, emergency aid funds and help for essentially the most weak. Others targeted on long-term points that the pandemic has exacerbated, similar to debt aid, employment coaching and schooling for “traditionally marginalised and underserved individuals”, in addition to civil rights teams and authorized defence funds.
In whole, her workforce checked out 6,490 organisations and put 822 into “deeper analysis”.
This yr, Bezos has dedicated $10bn to points associated to local weather change. In November, he introduced the primary of these grants, handing out virtually $800m to 16 teams.