MacKenzie Scott (Bezos) Donates $5 Million to The Heart of Texas Goodwill
The Heart of Texas Goodwill was on the receiving end of a $5 million donation from the world's richest woman, MacKenzie Scott.
MacKenzie Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, who you may know as the founder and CEO of Amazon. Scott is also a writer and most importantly, a philanthropist. According to USA Today, At one time, She and Jeff Bezos were the richest couple in the world. Following their divorce, she received a 4% stake in Amazon, which was valued at more than $59.3 billion.
Scott is also part of the Giving Pledge. A group of the wealthiest people in the world who have pledged to "dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back." The Giving Pledge was founded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates and also includes Arthur Blank, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Bronson and Mark Zuckerberg, just to name a few.
According to KXXV, Channel 25 News, Scott pledged to donate billions of dollars and has since followed through on that promise by donating $1.7 billion in July and over $4.1 billion over the past four months, including $50 million to Prairie View A&M University.
The $5 million donation to the Heart of Texas Goodwill is the biggest donation they've ever gotten in their 65 year history.
Shannon Wittmer, President and CEO says, “This gift will undoubtedly, impact the lives of thousands of individuals over the coming years.”
According to The Heart of Texas Goodwill website, their mission is "to facilitate change through skills training and work opportunities. Goodwill works to fulfill this mission through a number of services provided through Job Connections and other job training programs."
The donation provided by Scott will go along way to helping achieve that.