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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $2.7 bln in latest round of charitable giving

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announced on Tuesday (June 15) that she has donated $2.7 billion to nearly 300 organizations focused on what she described as “categories and communities that have been historically underfunded and overlooked.”

Scott, who became one of the world’s richest women upon her 2019 divorce from Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos, has since given away more than $8 billion in three rounds of contributions – each made public via a surprise announcement.

Last year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she donated more than $4 billion to food banks and emergency relief funds, months after she announced $1.7 billion in grants to causes such as racial equality, LGBTQ rights and climate change.

The groups range from higher education institutions such as schools in the California and Texas state university systems and community colleges, to arts centers such as the Apollo Theater, and to organizations dedicated to racial and gender equity. 

(Production: Mana Rabiee)

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