Recently, the largest individual gift in the history of the Boys & Girls Club of America was given. Who made the $281 million donation that broke the organization’s records?

The massive contribution was made by Mackenzie Scott. She is a novelist, philanthropist, and the ex-wife of Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. 

Scott’s gift is the largest of all time that the Boys & Girls Club has ever received from a single person.

However, the $281 million donation this is just the latest of Mackenzie Scott’s philanthropic actions. 

Giving more back 

According to Forbes’ real-time wealth tracker, Mackenzie Scott is worth $46.2 billion. This makes her the third richest woman in the world. She is not keeping it to herself either. 

The record-breaking $281 million donation to the Boys & Girls Club of America is just the most recent in a series of generous gifts to youth organizations. Other groups she has aided financially are the National 4-H Council and Communities in Schools. 

Mackenzie Scott
Source: Mackenzie Scott Official Instagram Page

Forbes also calculates that Scott has donated a total of $9.2 billion over the past two years.

But she would never tell you that herself.

As of December 2021, Mackenzie Scott has officially stated she would no longer publish her donations. 

“I want to let each of these incredible teams speak for themselves first if they choose to, with the hope that when they do, media focuses on their contributions instead of mine.”

— Mackenzie Scott

Philanthropic trend

I hate to use the word “trend” in regards to something as admirable as contributing to charity, but Mackenzie Scott is not the only one doing great things. 

The Amazon-builder signed the Giving Pledge for the record-breaking $281 million donation after some of the richest people in the world promised to donate half their wealth in their lifetime. The billionaires who have made this pledge include Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, and Bill and Melinda Gates.

It is exciting to see what kind of good that kind of money can do in the world, and it inspires me to do more. 


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