MacKenzie Scott donates $3.9 billion to Habitat For Humanity, Planned Parenthood, other groups

Brett Molina

MacKenzie Scott is giving away more of her multi-billion-dollar fortune.

The philanthropist confirmed she's donating more than $3.9 billion to a variety of organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Planned Parenthood.

In a blog posted published on Medium, Scott said this latest round of donations is part of a larger plan to support the needs of underrepresented people from a variety of groups.

"We don’t advocate for particular policies or reforms. Instead, we seek a portfolio of organizations that supports the ability of all people to participate in solutions," wrote Scott.

The billionaire donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit organization announced. Planned Parenthood confirmed Scott donated $275 million, the largest gift from a single donor in the organization's history.

Habitat for Humanity said it will use Scott's donation to increase the supply of affordable housing, as well as advocate policies and legislation to give more people access to affordable housing.

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MacKenzie Scott has donated to hundreds of organizations.

"This incredibly generous gift will allow us to dramatically increase capacity and implement programs that will have a multi-generational impact on communities around the U.S. and our global mission for many years to come," Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said in a statement.

Habitat for Humanity is a global organization that partners with communities to build or improve housing.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement it will use the gift from Scott to help support "efforts to advance health equity by eliminating racial and structural barriers for our patients in the communities where Planned Parenthood works." 

Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, donated $2.7 billion last year to 286 groups supporting a variety of causes. 

In a previous Medium post, Scott called out the increasing concentration of wealth among a smaller group of people.

"We are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change," she wrote in a previous Medium post where she called out the increasing concentration of wealth among a smaller group of people and spotlighted community-centered organizations affecting change. 

"Because we believe that teams with experience on the front lines of challenges will know best how to put the money to good use, we encouraged them to spend it however they choose," she continued.

In July 2020, Scott gave more than $1.7 billion to diverse organizations, including historically Black colleges and universities. In December that year, Scott announced she donated an additional $4.2 billion to 384 organizations providing services including food banks, emergency relief funds and debt relief.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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