MacKenzie Scott, one of the world's richest individuals, has donated nearly $2.8 billion to hundreds of organizations this year.
"People struggling against inequities deserve center stage in stories about change they are creating. This is equally - perhaps especially - true when their work is funded by wealth. Any wealth is a product of a collective effort that included them. The social structures that inflate wealth present obstacles to them. And despite those obstacles, they are providing solutions that benefit us all. We are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change."
She and administrators, advisers and others spent the first quarter of 2021 identifying nonprofit teams "working in areas that have been neglected. The result was $2,739,000,000 in gifts to 286 high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked."
"What do we think they might do with more cash on hand than they expected? Buy needed supplies. Find new creative ways to help. Hire a few extra team members they know they can pay for the next five years. Buy chairs for them. Stop having to work every weekend. Get some sleep,"
Some of the organizations that received donations include the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, several colleges and universities and hundreds of other charities and institutions.